Health Equity Selectives


Designed to expose students to factors affecting health equity through a structured field placement in an area where people have poor health. The course also develops a students ability to plan a project, carry it out and submit an assignment on their chosen topic.

Full-time students who enrol in Health Equity Selectives must enrol concurrently in General Practice and Subspecialties 2.



  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate the ability to identify and critique research literature relevant the area of health equity being studied

2. Demonstrate the ability to take a relevant history to the area of health equity being studied

3. Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of known demographic, educational and cultural factors affecting the physical and psychological wellbeing of patients, their families and the population

4. Appreciate and understand interaction between humans and their social and physical environment, and ways in which these factors may impact on a person's clinical presentation, access to health care and ability to comply with a management plan

5. Appreciate and understand the effect of resource maldistribution in the delivery of health to a population, and how this may impact on prevention, risk factor management, diagnosis and management plans for an individual in this population

6. Demonstrate appropriate inter-professional communication and behaviour with colleagues

7. Appreciate and understand respect for community values including an appreciation of diverse human backgrounds and cultural values


Students attend one of several selective placement opportunities in an area of health disadvantage. This course provides an eight-week placement in a health setting where health equity is a significant issue. These placements are organised within several structured streams. The course exposes students to different populations wrestling with their own health care problems.

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Medicine degree programs. Pre-requisite - successful completion of all 2nd year requirements

Assumed Knowledge

MEDI1011, MEDI1012, MEDI1013, MEDI1014, MEDI1015, MEDI2011, MEDI2012, MEDI2013 and MEDI2014

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Essay/Written Assignment

Professional Task: Placement Supervisor Agreement

Written Assignment: Essay/Written Assignment: Placement Proposal

Professional Task: Placement Supervisors Report

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • First Aid Certificate - students must complete a First Aid Certificate issued by an approved provider. - Students must hold a current WorkCover approved Provide First Aid Certificate or equivalent
  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.

Contact Hours


Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 35 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks

35-40 hours per week ( a full week of placement) for 8 weeks.