UWA Handbook 2014

Advanced Diploma in Medical and Aboriginal Health Sciences

About this course

This course provides a dedicated pathway for mature-aged Indigenous students that prepares them for entry to the postgraduate professional health sciences offered at UWA.

Students engage with fundamental principals drawn from the following basic sciences: human biology, physiology, chemistry and biochemistry. In addition, an introduction to the social determinants of Indigenous health provides the contextual understanding for the successful application of contemporary health strategies.

Course overview

Course codeDA001
Intake periodsbeginning of year and mid-year
Statuscurrent / 2014
Minimum credit points required72 (of which 24 points is advanced standing)
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
RulesAdvanced Diploma rules
Attendance typefull- or part-time
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Crawley)
Available to international

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; S3 = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2014;
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised

The course consists of units to a total value of 72 points comprising—

(a) all of the following units:

S1   AHEA1103  Introduction to Human Biological Sciences I
S1   AHEA1104  Introduction to Human Biological Sciences II
S2   AHEA2203  Advanced Human Biological Sciences I
S2   AHEA2204  Advanced Human Biological Sciences II
S1   AHEA1101  Aboriginal Health
S2   AHEA2202  Aboriginal Health Context and Application
S1   AHEA1102  Communication and Research Methods
S2   AHEA2205  Human Sciences Research Project


(b) 24 points of prior learning as recognised by the Faculty on the recommendation of the Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health.


Students graduating from this course will be able to research and communicate effectively at a graduate level and be prepared for entry into postgraduate professional science studies.

It is expected that students completing this course would be suitably qualified to work in health policy work, community-based advocacy, research assistance, teaching assistance/instruction, or community health.

Course advice

Jasmine Lamb
Associate Professor
Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health (CAMDH)
6488 7266