Indigenous Adult and Child Health

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Course Overview

Culture and determinants of health underpin numerous barriers to health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This series of modules begins by exploring the concept of cultural competence and the unique determinants of health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Two modules then refer specifically to aboriginal child health, reviewing developmental problems and common diseases of poverty and illnesses. The final two modules take on an adult medicine focus and examine lifestyle factors and prevention and management of chronic diseases such as chronic respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease.


  1. Considering Cultural Competency (55 min)
  2. Determinants of Health (1 hour)
  3. Worrying Developments (30 min)
  4. What’s up, Doc? (40 min)
  5. Modifying Chronic Disease Risk (40 min)
  6. Chronic Disease Prevention and Management (30 min)

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This resource has been funded by the Department of Health under the Rural Health Continuing Education Sub-program (RHCE) Stream One which is managed by the Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges. The RACP is solely responsible for the content of, and views expressed in any material associated with this project.

RACP Continuing Professional Development (CPD) information

Category: Self Assessment Program, Category 3

Credits: 2 per hour

Further information on the RACP CPD program

Please note: The duration estimate for each module does not include time required for additional reading material and note taking. This is a recommended duration only, therefore it may not be an exact reflection for how long each individual would take to complete.


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Course Materials

Each module consists of online reading materials, statistics and case studies. There are multiple-choice, true/false and short answer questions throughout the module to assist with your learning.