The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


Prevention and early intervention, that is, intervening early in life and early in an issue affecting individuals, families and communities, is socially and economically beneficial. Long-term impact on family and community health and well-being is enhanced through coordinated, comprehensive support that addresses the holistic frame of physical, mental and social health through the life-course. In this course students will learn concepts and models for prevention and early intervention in social and health care and will investigate appropriate assessment and screening tools that direct families to appropriate services in the community.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Recognise the impact of community and social contexts on family vulnerability and resilience.

2. Define the parameters of prevention and early intervention approaches in family and community services.

3. Explain key principles of selected intervention frameworks.

4. Identify the range of funders and providers of services for families and communities (e.g., Commonwealth, State, Local; Non-government; family, community; in services such as in health, mental health, disability, D&A, family violence, housing & homelessness)

5. Articulate potential connections between services.


  • Contexts for intervention – issues requiring intervention;
  • Types of prevention and early intervention approaches: universal, targeted, primary, secondary, tertiary;
  • Models of family and community  intervention, e.g., 1000 Days framework; CREATE collective impact framework; National Disability Insurance Scheme, Communities For Children;
  • Service sector structure, organisations, scope and focus.

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Online Activity

Presentation: Presentation

Exhibition / Poster: Exhibition/Poster

Contact hours


Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term