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Assessment 2 is an essay based on a hypothetical clinical placement in an Indigenous Health Service, and the information and professional development activities required to provide culturally safe nursing care to the local community.

Prior to a clinical placement in an Indigenous health organisation it is important to undertake some research about the organisation and the population it delivers healthcare to. It is also important to identify the ways in which you as a nurse can build your professional development in providing culturally safe care, both prior to beginning a placement and during the placement.

The information relevant to this essay can be found through desk-top research, in other words the information is readily available on the internet. You should NOT contact the health service directly for information. Please ensure you correctly reference the sources of information you use to support your discussion.

**CHOSEN Indigenous Health Service: Central Australian Aboriginal Congress
(Geographic Location: Alice Springs, NT)**

Introduction: 2.5 marks (of a total of 40)
Begin your assignment with a concise introduction to the essay topic and clear identification of the key aspects of each part of the assignment.

Body of the Essay � Parts A, B & C

Part A: Population Profile 5 marks (of a total of 40)
In this section you are required to provide a brief population profile of the area in which the health service is located.

This profile should include:
? The location of the Health Service � town/suburb, state and Rural, Remote and Metropolitan Areas (RRMA) classification (1mark)


? Identification of the local Traditional Custodians using an appropriate reference (1 mark)
? Population statistics � how many Indigenous people live in the area and what proportion of the total population is the Indigenous population. (1 mark)

? Apart from the Indigenous health service allocated to you, what other Indigenous specific services are available for the local Indigenous community (1 mark)

? What mainstream (not Indigenous specific) health services are available in the area.
These may include, but not limited to, hospitals, General Practitioners, mental health services etc) (1 mark)

Part B: The Indigenous Health Service 10 marks (of a total of 40)
In this section you are required to discuss the concept of self-determination, provide an overview of the Indigenous

Health Service allocated to you and choose one program to discuss in detail

1. Briefly discuss the importance of self-determination to Indigenous Australians using Indigenous health services as an example (2 marks)

2. Provide an overview of the Indigenous health service allocated to you including;
? The vision/aspirations/guiding principles of the organisation (2marks)
? A brief summary of the range of services and programs provided for the local
community (3marks)

3. Choose one program provided by the service and discuss in detail how it contributes to the health and wellbeing of the local Indigenous community (3 marks)

Part C: Professional development 10marks (of a total of 40)
In this section you are required to discuss the importance of on-going professional development for delivering culturally safe nursing care, and detail three (3) examples of how cultural safety skills can be developed.

1. Discuss the importance of nurses undertaking professional development activities to increase their cultural safety skills in delivering appropriate care to Indigenous people, and explain why it is important to be aware of information relevant to the specific local Indigenous community you are working with. (2.5 marks)

2. Identify and discuss three (3) ways that you as an individual nurse can contribute to your own professional development in delivering culturally safe care to Indigenous peoples. (2.5 marks for each example) Conclusion: 2.5 marks (of a total of 40)

Finish your assignment with a concise overview of the essay which clearly summarises the key
aspects of each part of the assignment.

Assignment Format:
Written Communication: 5 marks (of a total of 40)

A formal academic introduction and conclusion is required

Use headings to separate Parts A, B & C; subheadings can be used

The discussion must be presented using academic assignment format with attention to good

paragraph structure, grammar, Australian spelling and formal academic expression.

It is important to link sentences to establish the flow of ideas and there should be no single

sentence paragraphs in an academic paper.

Dot point format is not acceptable

Double spacing is required between paragraphs.

Integrate material from credible published sources through effective paraphrasing and


Referencing: 5 marks (of a total of 40)

A minimum of 8 references are required; use peer reviewed journals, grey literature sources,
credible websites and textbooks relevant to the discussion.
Sources of information should be less than 10years old
References used should be acknowledged in text using APA version 6 formatting
Provide a full list of end text references using APA Version 6 formatting.

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