Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedBerwick First semester 2012 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Suzanne Willey


This unit has been developed in partnership with The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture and the State Wide Refugee Nurse Facilitator and sponsored by the Victorian Government. The unit will assist nurses to work with refugees within a social model of health to identify gaps in health services and advocate for refugees in the context of their community through an analysis of the socio-political aspects of the refugee context and an indepth understanding of the effects of torture and trauma on the health and health care of refugees. The unit includes skill development in refugee health assessment and responding to issues of health literacy, organization and community capacity building and evaluation in refugee health and wellbeing.


This unit will provide opportunities for students to:

  1. Discuss the socio-political aspects of refugee and asylum seeker settlement
  2. Adapt socio-cultural practice within the refugee context
  3. Analyse and understand the impact of torture and trauma on refugee populations and health care
  4. Analyse approaches to health literacy in the refugee context
  5. Interpret the nature of engagement, mediation and teamwork in refugee health
  6. Utilise skills in refugee health assessment and care in individual and family contexts


Essay 3-4000 words: 30%
Case Study Presentation 30 minutes (this will be an online presentation for offcampus students and a face to face discussion for oncampus students during the second workshop): 20%
Fieldwork Project 3-4000 words: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Beverley Copnell

Contact hours

2 x full day workshops and 6 hours per week online activities