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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedNot offered in 2010
Coordinator(s)Professor Helen Keleher


The unit begins with a focus on the provision of health services in Australia including the health workforce and how health care is manager under the Medicare healtyh system. Students will then examine the concepts of population health, determinants of health, equity, and health outcomes and strategies to improve the health of populations. The focus then moves to communication theory to inform effective ways of working in teams within healthcare organisations, and effective communication with patients/clients.


On completion of this, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the structure and function of the Australian health care system,
  2. Explain the mechanisms used by health systems to achieve equity including resource allocation,
  3. Discuss concepts of population health, community health and individual health,
  4. Identify the socio-cultural, economic and environmental determinants of health and illness in individuals, communities and populations,
  5. Discuss strategies used to improve population and community health and the range of health outcome measures,
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the transactional theory of communication,
  7. Identify the factors that underpin effective teamwork in healthcare organisations,
  8. Explain methods of therapeutic communication in the patient-client interview
  9. Demonstrate skills in effective therapeutic communication, taking a patient/client history and building the relationship during an interview.


Tutorial papers (20%)
Review of core concepts (30%)
Essay (40%)+ Simulated role-play (10%)

Off-campus attendance requirements

2-day block attendance