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CRH1012 - Rural primary health care

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Ms Phillippa Greene


Gippsland Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)


This unit is concerned with Primary Health Care (PHC) and the applicability of this model for rural and remote communities. The unit approaches 'health' from a social perspective, meaning health is viewed as something that result from activities of everyday life. The unit explores PHC within the rural context, providing the student with the opportunity to extend their thinking about health, the community and wider society. The new public health philosophy is at the heart of this unit. Students will examine various perspectives of PHC and recognise what can be defined as PHC within their own area of professional practice and, explore strategies to integrate PHC into their practice.


On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Discuss how the key concepts and principles of PHC can be applied to your professional practice;
  2. Critically analyse how the social model of health can be used as a framework in the rural context to explore the links between the individal, the community and health;
  3. Communicate an understanding of the strategies involved in implementing rural PHC; and
  4. Describe evaluation methods that can be used in rural PHC and how they impact on practice.


Participation in discussion group and associated questions (500 wds) 10%, Discussion paper on PHC program within student's workplace (1000 wds) 15%, Analysis of same PHC programs' processes (1500 wds) 25%, Comparative essay on two PHC models (international and Australian) (3000 wds) 50%)