BHSc-PP-2012-v3.0 - Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary

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Health Science Degree
V.3.0
07/12/2012
Batchelor Institute Overview
Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education is an
Indigenous only training facility, that caters specifically to
the needs of Indigenous learners.
Indigenous people come from across Australia to study at
one of our campus locations in the Northern Territory, either
in Batchelor (100km south of Darwin) or the Desert
Peoples Centre, located in Alice Springs.
Batchelor Institute Overview
Two principles underpin all aspects of the Institute.
1 Cultural interaction and cross-cultural learning that
follows a ‘Both-ways’ philosophy which enables
exploration of Indigenous Australian traditions of
knowledge and Western academic disciplinary positions
and cultural contexts.
2 Through its work and its courses, Batchelor Institute
affirms the aspiration to self-determination and
employment held by Indigenous Australians.
ACIKE Overview
The Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and
Education (ACIKE) is a joint initiative between Charles
Darwin University (CDU) and the Batchelor Institute of
Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE).
The aim is to provide a shared facility for the delivery of a
specific range of Higher Education and Post Graduate
study options which address the needs of Indigenous
Australia.
ACIKE Overview
Through the ACIKE partnership BIITE will now be able to
offer a more comprehensive range of Higher Education
study options, including dedicated courses specifically
designed to support Indigenous students.
When you enrol in an ACIKE course you will have student
privileges at both BIITE and CDU including computer
access, student email, learning spaces, Academic Support
Advisors, disability support (if needed) and tutorial support.
Bachelor of Health Science
Course Overview
What is Health Science?
The Bachelor of Health Science is a course that provides
students with the knowledge and skills required to work in
areas of Indigenous Health, Health Promotion, Community
Health Development and Health Services Management.
The course has a particular focus on the provision of
culturally safe primary health care with an emphasis on
understanding the challenges of working in the diverse
contexts of urban, rural and remote communities.
What is Health Science?
Culturally safe health care is the provision of care that is
sensitive to the historical, social and political context and
knowledge and practices of health consumers, as well as
the Western knowledges and practices that inform
healthcare in Australia and beyond.
Course Overview
Core units within the Bachelor of Health Science ensure
students gain the knowledge and understanding to support
successful health service delivery for diverse populations,
and particularly for Indigenous Australians.
The course also introduces students to theoretical
knowledge and perspectives informing contemporary
community work practice and the concepts and processes
relating to social change.
Course Overview
Students will become familiar with a number of models and
theories of community work and approached to community
development, as well as developing a beginning awareness
of the skills necessary for effective and progressive
community-focused practice.
Course Delivery
The course has a range of flexible multi modal delivery
options including:
•Workshops – student will have the opportunity to attend
workshops based at the Desert Peoples Centre Alice
Springs and the Batchelor Institute campus, Batchelor
(100km south of Darwin).
Course Delivery
• Learnline – students will use this computer program to
access information about the units that they are enrolled
in. This information will include unit information, topic
lecture notes, assessment details, discussion boards,
readings and staff contact numbers.
As Learnline is used with all units in the course it is
important that students own or have access to a
computer and the internet.
Course Delivery
• External – Students who are working or may have other
commitments may choose to study externally. This
means that they do not have to come to workshops but
can do their study using the learnline system.
Regular contact with Bachelor of Health Science staff will
enable them to discuss their progress and any issues
they may have in regards to their study.
Course Structure
The Bachelor of Health Science requires the student to
enrol in and complete a total of 24 units. Full time students
study up to 8 units per year and it usually takes 3 years to
complete the course.
The course contains:
• 2 Common Units
•14 Core Units
•6 Specialist Electives
•2 Electives
Specialist Stream
Students are required to choose one of the specialist
streams offered within the Bachelor of Health Science and
enrol in the units offered.
They are:
• Health Promotion
• Community Health Development
• Indigenous Health
• Health Services Management
• Occupational Therapy
Career Pathways
There are many career opportunities open to graduates on
completion of the degree including:
• Health Promotion Officer
• Community Development Officer
• Public Health Coordinator
• Smoking Cessation Coordinator
• Health Policy Officer
• Evaluation Co-ordinator
• Sexual Health Educator
• Aboriginal Health Centre Management
• Remote Area Health Manager
• Aboriginal Male Health Coordinator
• Health Project Manager
• Senior Indigenous Health Promotion
Officer / Coordinator
• Sport & Recreation Officer
Career Pathways
Many of these positions are available in both
Government and Non-Government Agencies and
can be based in urban, rural and some remote
communities.
Completion of the degree will also offer the student
the opportunity to enrol in post graduate education
programs such as Post graduate certificates,
Diplomas and Masters degrees that will further
enhance their employment opportunities and
careers.
Travel
• All travel costs, including flights and transfers are met by
Batchelor Institute.
• All travel arrangements are made by our student travel
department.
• Students are notified of their travel arrangements a week
before the workshop by the staff in the travel
department.
• On arrival at the airport residential staff will be there to
meet you and transport you to your accommodation.
Accommodation
• You will be accommodated in a single room or twin share
room at the Residential Campus.
• The campus has a library and computer access for
students who wish to study after class and in the evening
or at the weekend.
In Alice Springs
• You will be transported to and from the Desert Peoples
Centre during workshop.
• The accommodation is near the town centre.
Meals
• Breakfast, morning tea, lunch and dinners are provided
on the campus.
• Desert People Centre Campus also hosts the Irrante
Café.
• Batchelor Campus students can access the Batchelor
township shops, only minutes away.
• All meal costs are included with your workshop if you are
a residential student.
Student Financial Support
• As a full time or part time student you should be eligible
for financial assistance through the Federal Government
• Full time students studying 3 units or more per semester
should be entitled to full ABSTUDY support
• Full time students may also be eligible for other
assistance including scholarships
Student Scholarships
You may also be eligible for a scholarship to help you
study. There are Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships
that may assist you:
• Commonwealth Education Cost Scholarship (CECS)
• Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship
• Indigenous Access Scholarship (IAS)
• See CDU webpage for more information
www.cdu.edu.au or speak to one of our Academic
Advisors
How to Apply
• The South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre
(SATAC) receives and processes applications for
admission for the Australian Centre for Indigenous
Knowledges and Education (ACIKE).
• To apply for a course through SATAC you will need to
submit your application online through their website
www.satac.edu.au.
• See the SATAC brochure on our website
Alternative Entry
Most people know that the usual way of gaining entry to a
university course is to study a Year 12 program, however
there are other ways of getting into the course including:
• Special Tertiary Admissions Test
• Complete a TAFE/VET Certificate IV or Diploma course
• Undertake a University bridging course
• Alternative Indigenous Entry Pathway
Alternative Indigenous Entry Pathway
If you are thinking of higher education but don’t know if you meet the
university’s entry requirements then the IAEP might be your answer. The
program provides Indigenous people with the opportunity to participate in
an assessment program that offers a study pathway to achieve success in
your chosen field at ACIKE.
If you are to be considered as an applicant, you would need to travel to
either Darwin or Alice Springs in the Northern Territory to attend a two day
assessment. Centrelink can assist you with travel costs and
accommodation.
Further information Contact us or look at this website:
http://www.cdu.edu.au/community/indigenous_alternative_entry.html
Preparation for Tertiary Success
BIITE through ACIKE offers a FREE PTS program,
especially designed for Indigenous Australians. If you have
not studied in a while or you did not complete year 12 or do
not think you achieved a high enough score and are unsure
about whether you can succeed in a Higher Education
program, our PTS program helps you to develop the skills,
knowledge and confidence you need to be successful at
university.
Further information: http://www.cdu.edu.au/cdu-acike/pts/
Contact Us
Health Science Team
Robyn Pedler
Senior Lecturer – Health Science and Family Wellbeing
Faculty of Health Business and Science
Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
FREECALL 1800 677 095
Direct: (08) 89 51 8300
email: [email protected]
Contact Us
Health Science Team
Lynn Moloney
Coordinator– Bachelor of Health Science
Faculty of Health Business and Science
Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
FREECALL 1800 677 095
Direct: (08) 89 51 8321
email: [email protected]
Contact Us
Academic Support Advisors
Sarah Anthony
Academic Advisor - Darwin
Faculty of Health Business and Science
Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
FREECALL 1800 677 095
Direct: (08) 89 39 7233
email: [email protected]
Contact Us
Academic Support Advisors
Michael Keating
Academic Advisor – Alice Springs
Faculty of Education, arts and Social Sciences
Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
FREECALL 1800 677 095
Direct: (08) 89 51 8350
email: [email protected]
Thank you for your time and good
luck with your future studies
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