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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
OfferedNot offered in 2011
Coordinator(s)Ms L Renkin


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


The course aims to assist participants to:

  1. Enhance their knowledge and understanding about HIV and AIDS and its impact on individuals and communities;
  2. Understand the relationship between HIV and AIDS and economic development;
  3. Develop skills in analysing the HIV and 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 and AIDS, including the integral role of people living with HIV and AIDS in these strategies;
  6. Improve knowledge of strategies for strengthening the capacity of communities to respond effectively to HIV and AIDS;
  7. Provide practical information about developing, implementing and evaluating community-based responses to HIV and AIDS.


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

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Lisa Renkin

Contact hours

7 day intensive block


Basic computer proficiency

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