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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedAlfred Hospital Term 2 2011 (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 (20%)
Short answer examination (40% ).

Chief examiner(s)

Dr W Holmes

Contact hours

6 day block


Basic computer proficiency

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