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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 Second semester 2010 (On-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)L Renkin


Issues involved in assessing risk of HIV transmission in a community. Developing & managing a multisectoral response to HIV/AIDS, including prevention of infection & health care needs to persons with AIDS, global HIV/AIDS situation, key determinants of infection & relative success of various approaches to AIDS epidemic in affected countries. Elements of a community HIV/AIDS situation & components of a community-based HIV/AIDS prevention & care program.


The course aims to assist participants to:

  1. Enhance their knowledge and understanding about HIV/AIDS and its impact on individuals and communities;
  2. Understand the relationship between HIV/AIDS and economic development;
  3. Develop skills in analysing the HIV/AIDS-related risk and vulnerability of communities;
  4. Analyse the relative success of various approaches to the AIDS epidemic in different countries and develop an understanding of the need for an integrated, multisectoral approach to prevention, care and support for individuals and communities;
  5. Identify essential elements of effective strategies for preventing HIV transmission and providing care and support for people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, including the integral role of people living with HIV/AIS in these strategies;
  6. Improve knowledge of strategies for strengthening the capacity of communities to respond effectively to HIV/AIDS;
  7. Provide practical information about developing, implementing and evaluating community-based responses to HIV/AIDS.


Short-answer examination (40%) Essay 4,000 words (60%).

Chief examiner(s)

Ms L Renkin

Contact hours

7 day intensive block


Basic computer proficiency

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