Available in 2018

Course handbook


This course is designed for students from all health professions to advance their understanding of contemporary primary health care service delivery. Students will explore the emerging directions of primary health models of care from an international and national perspective. This will include universally evolving changes in burden of disease, national health reforms to meet challenges of evidenced based care, interaction between communities and their social and physical environment, influence of social and cultural determinants on health behavior and clinical governance.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

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  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. International and national public policy reforms for securing healthier communities

2. Contemporary models of care that integrate public health with primary care organised around people¿s needs and expectations so as to make them more socially relevant and more responsive

3. The interaction between communities and their social and physical environment and the ways in which these factors may impact on a person¿s clinical presentation, access to health care and ability to comply to with a health plan within rural and remote areas

4. How history, social and cultural determinants of health might affect a person¿s current health status

5. Individualised models of care with an emphasizes on wellness and healing of the entire person (bio-psycho-socio-spiritual dimensions) as primary goals

6. Epidemiology, public health issues and risk factor management of common conditions seen in primary health care

7. Clinical governance and primary health care


This course consists of four study modules:

  • Module 1. International and National Reforms in Primary Health Care
  • Module 2. Social Determinants of Health and Health Outcomes
  • Module 3. Models of Primary Case Management and Integrative Care
  • Module 4. Clinical governance and risk management

Assumed knowledge

Completion of undergraduate studies within a health related discipline

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Written assignments blogs (x4)

Essay: Essay (x2)

Contact hours

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Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Wiki discussion group 2 hr(s) per week full semester

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term