Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedAlfred Hospital Trimester 2 2012 (On-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Ms B Laidlaw


Aspects and influences on child and adolescent public health from a local and international perspective. History and development of public health as it relates to children, mental health, public health policies, injury prevention, disability, indigenous and cross-cultural issues, the impact of poverty and disadvantage, oral health, health screening and surveillance, genetic testing, nutrition, health promotion, international health, families, and health lifestyles.


On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. have a detailed understanding of the philosophies, principles, and practices of child public health;
  2. be able to confidently research, plan, and evaluate a program designed to meet the health needs of children and young people in the community, with an emphasis on those with a particular disorder or disability;
  3. understand the differing and similar issues facing children and young people across developing/developed countries and the dynamics that impact within the contrasting environments;
  4. understand the special impact of children and young people as they interface with legal issues, such as violence, maltreatment, varying legislation, human rights and advocacy;
  5. be familiar with health screening and surveillance issues for children and young people, and the particular issues for pertinent age groups;
  6. demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the nutritional determinants of health and disease in children and young people both within Australia and internationally;
  7. have an understanding of the physical, social and cognitive stages of growth and development and the differing ways of assessing them in infants and children;
  8. demonstrate use of the range of tools and instruments available to assess the health status, well-being, health outcomes, and quality of life of children.


Written assignments 70%
Oral presentation 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Alex Skinner

Contact hours

5 day intensive block at Melbourne University

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