Primary Health Care
In this course students are introduced to philosophies and models of primary health care. Capacity building and community development are presented in relation to the socio-political environment in which care is delivered. Community nursing and midwifery are profiled as examples of primary health care initiatives. The individual, their family and their community are conceptualised as partners in care provision. Cultural safety, with a particular focus on the health and history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is examined as an integral dimension of professional practice.
- Semester 1 - 2017
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrated knowledge, skills and understanding integral to professional practice and primary health care
2. Demonstrated knowledge, skills and understanding integral to professional practice and cultural safety
3. Demonstrated knowledge, skills and understanding integral to provision and coordination of care
4. Demonstrated knowledge, skills and understanding integral to collaborative and therapeutic practice
This course comprises four integrated themes. Each has a defined set of learning outcomes as listed below:
Theme 1: Professional practice and primary health careSuccessful completion of this module will enable you to:
- identify examples of social, environmental, biomedical and economic determinants of health from a local, national and global perspective
- describe concepts of health, including understandings of illness and death / dying
- describe how knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and behaviours influence health
- debate issues related to equity of access for individuals from marginalised or geographically isolated communities
- articulate the principles of primary health care as defined by the World Health Organisation and the Declaration of Alma-Ata
- identify local, national and global examples of primary health care initiatives
- examine community engagement as an example of a primary health care strategy
- participate in one primary health care experience
- discuss the role of nurses and midwives in health promotion and illness prevention
- examine the role and impact of nurses and midwives who work in the community
- examine health promotion as a primary health care strategy
- examine brief intervention as an example of health promotion
- discuss and critique how the media is used for population based health promotion
Theme 2: Professional practice and cultural safetySuccessful completion of this module will enable you to:
- examine the various meanings of the term culture
- discuss the nature, extent and implications of the cultural diversity that characterises contemporary Australia, and its impact on the health system and the practice of health professionals
- assess the impact of values and culture across the life-span with particular attention to beliefs and practices related to illness and dying
- discuss cultural safety as an integral dimension of professional practice
- discuss issues related to racism, stereotypes, labelling and stigma
- debate how the media perpetuates racism, stereotypes and stigma
- discuss the impact of history and culture on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' health and well-being
- identify and discuss examples of culturally appropriate primary health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and communities
Theme 3: Collaborative and therapeutic practiceSuccessful completion of this module will enable you to:
- discuss the meaning of community for different cultural groups
- discuss the importance of acknowledging and respecting the rights of individuals and communities to be involved as active partners in care, including the right to make informed decisions and to be self-determining
- examine the role of consumer input in shaping health policy and practice
- discuss the concepts of social justice, equity, inequality, advocacy and power relations
- discuss the impact of gender, race and social policies on health care provision
Theme 4: Provision and coordination of careSuccessful completion of this module will enable you to:
- outline the history of the Australian health care system
- outline the state, federal and regional structures that comprise the Australian health care system
- outline how health care is funded in Australia in both the public and private sectors
This course is only available to students who are activein the Bachelor of Midwifery or Bachelor of Nursing programs.
Quiz: Online Tutorial Quizzes *
Written Assignment: Sociology Short Answer questions *
Log / Workbook: Field Study Attendance Log *
Report: Report - Field Study *
Proposal / Plan: Field Study Approval Form *
* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.
In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:
General Course Requirements:
- Field Study: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Students are required to complete 32 hours of field study experience and provide evidence of completion.
Course Assessment Requirements:
- Proposal / Plan: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - The submission of this form is a compulsory course hurdle
- Report: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
- Log / Workbook: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
- Quiz: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must attempt one of the three quizzes
- Written Assignment: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
Face to Face Off Campus 32 hour(s) per Term
Field Study - Primary Health Care experience for 32 hours for the term.
Online 12 hour(s) per Term
Lectures can be delivered either online or face to face
Self-Directed 5 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorials can be delivered either online or face to face