Primary Health Care

Course code NURS1102Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Nursing and Midwifery

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.

This course is a Compulsory Program Component and students must pass in order to progress in the Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor Midwifery programs

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Port Macquarie Nth Coast InstSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesStudents who successfully complete this course will have demonstrated knowledge, skills and understanding integral to:
* Professional practice and primary health care
* Professional practice and cultural safety
* Provision and coordination of care
* Collaborative and therapeutic practice
ContentThis course comprises four integrated themes. Each has a defined set of learning outcomes as listed below:
Theme 1: Professional practice and primary health care
Successful 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 Organization 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 safety
Successful 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 practice
Successful 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 care
Successful 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
Replacing Course(s)NURS1161 - Concepts of Health and Wellness
TransitionNot Applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsField Study
Lecture
Self Directed Learning
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsSociology Short answer questions
Field StudyEvidence of Field Study Experience
Quiz - On-lineTutorial Preparation Quizzes
ReportsPrimary Health Care Field Study
Contact HoursField Study: for 32 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 5 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentEnrolment in Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Midwifery program
Compulsory Course ComponentCOMPULSORY COURSE COMPONENT:
In order to demonstrate that the student has fulfilled the course learning objectives and to be awarded a pass or higher grade in this course each student is required to:
* Submit all assessment items.
* Submit a valid field study approval,
* Complete 32 hours of field study experience and provide evidence of completion, and
* Gain a combined score of 50% or higher from all graded assessment items
Those who fail to satisfy the Compulsory Course Requirements will have the normal avenues of appeal open to them.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for NURS1102