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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Andrew Joyce


This unit introduces students to settings and characteristics of health promotion delivered in a various settings including hospitals, community health services and general practice. Consideration will be given to evidence and practice relating to brief interventions, preventive (behavioural) counselling health education approaches, methods of tailoring strategies to client needs, motivating change and preventing relapse. Additionally the systems required to embed preventive practice within primary and clinical settings, and to improve linkages with community based programs, will be examined. Approaches to building capacity for health promotion among staff in such settings will be explored.


  1. Define settings approaches and distinguish key features of primary and clinical health promotion;
  2. Identify sources of data to inform evidence-based approaches to health promotion in primary and clinical settings;
  3. Describe different approaches to prevention and health promotion in primary and clinical settings including behavioral counseling and health education strategies;
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of prevention and health promotion approaches for chronic and complex conditions;
  5. Demonstrate skills in planning and implementation for health promotion in clinical and primary care settings;
  6. Identify systems level changes in clinical and primary care settings that will support the use of health promotion strategies;
  7. Describe capacity building approaches to improve the quality and sustainability of health promotion in these settings.


Evidence review: 30%
Case study report and group presentation: 30%
Analysis essay and program plan: 40%+ Hurdle requirement: 80% attendance at tutorials.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Andrew Joyce

Contact hours

9 hours per week including contact time of 3 hours and 6 hours of private study