Facilitating Best Practice Health Care

Course code PSYC6606Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Psychology

Covers key issues impacting on the provision of best practice and evidence-based care within the health system, including: models of health care; communication and the patient-practitioner relationship; as well as beliefs, attitudes and behaviours related to illness and seeking health care. The impacts of structures, policies and procedures within the health care system, as well as communication and interaction within specific health care encounters, on 'outcomes' such as treatment adherence and patient health will be emphasised.

Available in 2015

Distance Education - CallaghanSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAt the conclusion of the semester the student will be able to:

1. Describe different models of health care in terms of their defining characteristics and the structural, policy and procedural factors that may be barriers or facilitators to best practice care
2. Identify factors for patients and practitioners which may be barriers or facilitators to best practice care, such as attitudes, training, peer support and feedback
3. Demonstrate an understanding of current initiatives within the health care system to improve best practice care.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of key elements of effective communication in health care and the dynamics of patient-practitioner relationships, and strategies to monitor and improve adherence with treatment
5. Design, implement and evaluate intervention programs for health professionals (and health care organisations) to increase the likelihood of best practice care provision.
6. Employ best practice communication and adherence-aiding strategies within their own professional practice
Content1. Evidence-based practice
2. Hospitalisation
3. Compliance with medical regimens
4. Patent practitioner interaction
5. Self management of illness
6. Improving obesity management
7. Health Screening
8. Culturally competent healthcare
9. Health reforms
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeIt is assumed that students will have completed a four-year program in Psychology that has been accredited by the Australian Psychological Society.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
External Mode
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay.
Online Learning ActivitiesWeekly discussion and exercises relevant to each module
Presentations - IndividualOnline presentation: interventions to facilitate best practice care provision
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Forums: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Doctor of Clinical and Health Psychology, or PhD in Health Psychology programs.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PSYC6606