Understanding the origins and strategies for more equitable health and wellbeing for Aboriginal communities is the leading health issue in Australia.


The Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing major will provide students with a solid grounding in the many factors that influence health and wellbeing of Aboriginal peoples, families and communities in Australia.

Students completing this major will gain:

  • a broad introduction to Aboriginal health and wellbeing from an Aboriginal perspective
  • an understanding of the underlying issues that influence health and wellbeing including from historical, cultural, political and spiritual perspectives
  • an understanding of particular health problems and their impacts
  • knowledge of the strategies, policies and practices that have been implemented to improve health and wellbeing with a particular focus on Aboriginal community led initiatives
  • practical experience in Aboriginal health settings.

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Course description, features and facilities

Students who take this major as their primary major will also be required to gain a strong fundamental knowledge of human biology. This knowledge will assist students in evaluating the biological evidence about disease mechanisms.

Students will be encouraged to integrate this biological knowledge with their understanding of Aboriginal ways of understanding health and disease in formulating effective strategies required to address health issues.

The major is offered in the Bachelor of Science program given its strong health focus.

The Aboriginal health and wellbeing major, offered from within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, emphasises an evidence-based approach to decision making, policy development and practice. This emphasis, in combination with a strong grounding in Aboriginal knowledge and understandings, provides a unique opportunity for students undertaking the major to develop an understanding of equity and translation of evidence into policy and practice that reflects the way forward in Closing the Gap in Aboriginal health.

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Student profile – Jessie Hinder

The Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing major has opened my eyes to many diverse and interesting aspects of Indigenous knowledge, culture and history, which I never thought could be obtained through formal education.

I first decided to study Aboriginal Health out of general interest, but it has now equipped me with invaluable insight and knowledge to accompany my future studies in Medicine, and I am genuinely inspired by what I have learnt.

My experience studying at UWA has given me access to an array of opportunities - lifelong friends from diverse backgrounds; Indigenous knowledge camps in Albany and central Australia; exchange in Italy; a cultural study abroad trip to work with the Indigenous Mapuche people of Chile; experience at an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation; a unique residential college life, and of course a world-class education.

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UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.


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Career opportunities

Graduates will be well prepared for careers in Aboriginal health research, policy, management and practice in Aboriginal and government contexts.

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Further study opportunities

On completion of the Aboriginal health and wellbeing major students may undertake honours or masters level studies in a range of areas including Aboriginal health and population health. Students may also be able to proceed into one of the postgraduate professional health courses.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. Recommended subjects
  4. English competency
  5. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in at least WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Applications ATAR
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Studies)

Additional information

If you do not have a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics: Applications ATAR or higher, you will need to successfully complete additional Mathematics units during your first year.

Prerequisites may not apply to students completing this major in a degree other than the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours).

Please note: to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

Recommended subjects

Qualification and recommended subjects
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Methods ATAR
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Methods)

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to an undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.


As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

Information for

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Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing: the details

Available 2016
Locations offered
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
12-18 hours plus your own study time
Standard full-time completion
3 years (BSc), 4 years (BPhil(Hons))
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
Contact details: course information
Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health
Shenton House, Hackett entrance No. 2, Hackett Dr, Crawley, WA
(08) 6488 1917