Teaching and Learning

Onemda's teaching activities include delivering coursework programs and curriculum initiatives to incorporate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in Medicine and other Health Sciences as part of our commitment to strengthening the Aboriginal health workforce. Koori health is given particular emphasis to provide a greater understanding and appreciation of the local context. Key local Koori community organisations involved in our teaching include Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service and the Institute of Koorie Education.

Onemda has a broad teaching program across the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, including input into the Medicine course, and guest lectures to other discipline. We teach in Indigenous health specialist subjects in the Master of Public Health program within the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. See Courses for more information. 

We have had a leading role in national curriculum projects for the integration of Aboriginal health into medicine and public health. We have undertaken audits, curriculum innovations and developed networks of Indigenous health educators, such as the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) network (now based at the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health) and the Public Health Indigenous Leadership in Education Network. These projects have involved partnerships with the Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand (MDANZ), the Public Health Education and Research Program (PHERP), the Australian Network of Academic Public Health Institutions (ANAPHI), the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). 

We work closely with the the Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development: Murrup Barak to assist with providing support to Indigenous students. Our staff also supervise postgraduate research students.