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Hsc203 Indigenous Health Perspectives-An analysis of media items and its impact on Australian Indigenous people’s health and wellbeing issues.


Title: An analysis of media items and its impact on Australian Indigenous people’s health and wellbeing issues.

Value: 40 %

Length: up to 1500 words

Due Date: Monday Week 12


According to Stoneham, Goodman and Daube (2014), one factor impacting on the relationship of Indigenous Australians with mainstream society is the media portrayal of Indigenous people and issues, in this unit the issue is health. These authors’ examined media portrayals of Indigenous Australians’ public health issues in selected media over a 12-month period.

Before starting assessment 3 read the article titled “The Portrayal of indigenous health in selected Australian mediathat you can find in a CDU library search. Notice the comments in the notes and discussion section. Balvin and Kashima (2012) and Larson, Gillies, Howard and Coffin (2007) cited in Stoneham, Goodman and Daube (2014) note that that negative news reporting impacts on the self –esteem Australian Indigenous people and perpetuates Indigenous stereotypes within mainstream society. Larson et al., argue that this is discrimination and a determinant of health and that until change occurs in the perception of the dominant Australian culture, public health, education and employment opportunities will be at risk for Indigenous Australians.

This assignment draws on the work of Stoneham, Goodman and Daube (2014) to provide a framework for you to examine current health and well-being issues related to the health of Australian Indigenous peoples.

This assignment relates to the four learning outcomes for this unit.


To explore current health issues affecting the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians by examining media items and identifying how media is used to report Australian Indigenous peoples’ health issues



  1. Explore a range of media for news items related to Indigenous Australian’s health. This can include, news items in daily papers, journals, television or radio, websites, magazines. You will need to provide a link to your articles.


  1. Choose three items about one of the following topics: That is, three items about nutrition, three items about mental health or three items about smoking.


Mental Health



  1. Read the article, analyse and make notes guided by the following criteria:

A)  Assess each article according to negative, positive or neutral qualities as per Stoneham, Goodman and Daube(2014)p.3.

b) Link the issues as presented in the topics with the unit learning outcomes.

# Core Criteria Marks
1 Identify one key measure in each media item 15%
Link literature to relevant data
Excellent Good Satisfactory Limited Unsatisfactory
(15-13) (12-10) (9 -6) (5-3) (2-0)
Excellent Good overview Satisfactory Limited coverage of Minimal
overview and link and link to overview and link to media item and understanding of
to current relevant data/and data literature link to data core criteria
data/statistics statistics
2 Link the health issue with one or more of the unit learning outcomes 15%
Marking Excellent Good Satisfactory Limited Unsatisfactory
(15-13) (12-10) (9 -6) (5-3) (2-0)
Insightful, well- Good Demonstrated an Limited evidence and Minimal
structured and understanding understanding of comprehension of development of
excellent and competence criteria. criteria. core criteria.
understanding of in addressing core
the criteria. criteria.
3 Identify the positive, negative or neutral qualities of the media items 25%
Excellent Good Satisfactory Limited Unsatisfactory
(25-22) (21 – 17) (16-11) (10-5) (5-0)
Excellent Provides a clear Reasonable Limited Unsatisfactory
identification of understanding of identification of understanding of identification of
the media media qualities. media items media items media items
4 Briefly explore the impact of the positive, negative or neutral qualities of the media items  30%
Marking could have on the reader.
Excellent Good Satisfactory Limited Unsatisfactory
(30- 26) (25 – 19) (18- 12) (11- 5) (5-0)
Insightful analysis Provides a very Demonstrated an Limited connection Core criteria is
of the influences good understanding of to how media can not clearly
of media items understanding of core criteria. influence reders identified.
media items and


5 Written Expression, structure, logical sequencing and flow of information. Clear direction  10%
Excellent Good Satisfactory Limited Unsatisfactory
(9-10) (7-8) (5-6) (4-3) (0-2)
Provides excellent Provides clear Generally Limited direction for Minimal direction
logical sequencing logical sequencing satisfactory direction the reader. Limited provided, poor
and flow of and flow of for the reader with logical sequencing attention to
information. information. Clear logical sequencing and flow of logical
Excellent written and flow of information. sequencing and
attention to expression information. Written Awkward written flow of
spelling, Consistent expression and expression with information.
grammar, attention to clarity is satisfactory. limited ability to Written
punctuation and correct spelling, Spelling, grammar, express clearly. expression lacks
syntax. grammar, and punctuation needs a Insufficient attention clarity and
punctuation little attention. to correct spelling, cohesion.
grammar, Frequent spelling,
punctuation and punctuation and
syntax. grammatical
6 Referencing CDU APA 6th referencing style 5%
Clearly Labelled assignment file as requested
Font Verdana or Arial, size 12, Line spacing 1.5
Checked for plagiarism
Excellent Good Satisfactory Limited Unsatisfactory
(5) (4) (3) (2) (0-1)
Exemplary Referencing General referencing, Limited attention Absence of
referencing and conventions and including citation paid to referencing, referencing &
citation. All citations usually conventions are including citation citation
conventions correct and followed. Clearly Labelled conventions
followed. consistent. Few Clearly Labelled assignment file as overall.
Clearly Labelled errors. assignment file as requested Assignment not
assignment file as Clearly Labelled requested labelled as
requested assignment file as requested
Total 100%


This assignment is worth 40% of the total assessment for this subject

Hsc203 Indigenous Health Perspectives


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