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
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Hong Kong Second semester 2012 (Off-campus)


This unit identifies the World Health Organisations role in advocating and supporting the global health agenda of health for all. Primary health care as a philosophy and a model of health service provision are described. Health education and promotion as strategies for achieving health for all are examined. Nurses are encourages to develop health education and health promotion skills that can be utilised in our contexts of practice to promote population wellbeing.


On completion of the unit, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Expand on concepts from previous studies of health and nursing to leadership roles in population health and health promotion;
  2. Identify, analyse and evaluate national and international frameworks for primary health care and health promotion initiatives with special references to the work of the World Health Organisation (WHO);
  3. Identify major community health problems, issues of broader and clinical relevance, combining various methods of data collection and analysis within the population-based approaches;
  4. Utilise population-based approaches, nursing and collaborative practice models in personal health care; apply principles of primary health care practice and examine the nursing developments internationally towards the health improvements;
  5. Apply primary health care frameworks and health promotion principles to undertake a health needs assessment.


Assignment: 70%
Seminar presentation or alternative written work: 30%

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