Essential Question

How does understanding of feedback mechanisms enable the contribution of First Nations knowledge to contemporary medicine?

Warning — First Nations teachers and students are advised that this curriculum resource may contain images, voices or names of deceased people.

Unit details

Y9 Science
Lesson Time: 40 minutes
Lessons: 7
Duration: 2 weeks

Australian Curriculum
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures cross-curriculum priority.

Unit overview

In this biological sciences unit, students investigate disorders of feedback systems and effects on the development of products to address issues. Students research the relationships between First Nations healing and biomedical models in contemporary medical systems, and present findings to peers.

Prior to starting this unit, students should have knowledge of the body’s observable response to internal or external stimuli and should be able to model the relationship between body systems in responding to these stimuli. They’ll have prior understanding of negative feedback mechanisms and will be able to apply that knowledge to this new learning.

This unit includes a practical experiment to demonstrate the effect of negative feedback, and visual representations of learning. Students will have the opportunity to understand the impact of historical, cultural and social contexts on the experiences of some First Nations people in the management and prevention of chronic diseases such as diabetes.