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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedAlfred Hospital First semester 2010 (On-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Dr W Holmes


  • Women and children on the international public health agenda: historical context and current influences
  • Infant feeding, malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies
  • Reducing mortality from common childhood illnesses
  • Addressing child labour
  • HIV infection in children - prevention and care
  • Maternal health - overview, and social and cultural determinants
  • Immunisation - control and eradication of vaccine preventable diseases
  • Ageing, urbanisation and mental health issues
  • Assessing women's and children's health status and needs at community level
  • Planning and management of women's and children's health services
  • Gender analysis
  • Adolescent health promotion


On completion of this unit students, will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of women's and children's health issues in resource poor settings from a life cycle perspective;
  2. Describe the current health status of women and children in resource poor settings and analyse the determinants of their health;
  3. Explain policy trends in relation to women's and children's health in resource poor settings;
  4. Identify the essential elements of effective strategies to promote women's and children's health in resource poor settings.


Written assignments 40%
Group Presentation 10%
Short answer examination 40%
Participation 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr W Holmes

Contact hours

6 day block


Basic computer proficiency

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at: