Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedNot offered in 2012


Health education and promotion are essential aspects of the role of the professional nurse. This unit explores the principles underpinning health promotion as a strategy to improve health status of nations through a process that empowers individuals, groups and populations. In addition, educative and motivational processes are explored to assist you develop skills that will allow you to be an effective promoter of health. As you work through this unit, you will gain an understanding of these processes and their application in practice.


The aim of this unit is to equip professional nurses with the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable them to develop their role as a promoter of health, in the context of their future and current work environments. On completion of this unit and further reading, the student is expected to be able to:

  1. describe health promotion;

  1. discuss the role of the nurse in the promotion of health;

  1. identify factors which influence the health teaching and promotion process;

  1. discuss factors to be considered when developing health education and promotion programs for individuals, groups and vulnerable populations;

  1. develop health promotion programs;

  1. develop tools for evaluating the effectiveness of health promotion programs; and

  1. identify strategies for advocating on behalf of individuals, groups and populations.


Assignments: 100% (40%
Reflective clinical log: Pass/Fail
Students must achieve a pass grade for the reflective clinical log in order to successfully complete this unit.

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Karen Francis