Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedGippsland First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Mildura First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Susan Armstrong


This unit examines health and illness patterns in rural/remote communities and factors that shape these such as differences in culture, social and economic demographics, lifestyle choices and differential access to health care services. Students will learn to critically analyse the psychosocial dimensions of health and relate this to the epidemiological data on health and illness patterns in Australia, including that of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (ATSI). Students will develop skills in effective evidence based planning for rural health services.


On completion of this unit students are expected to be able to:

1. evaluate the impact of geographic, environmental, social and cultural perspectives on diversity in the rural context/setting; 2. explain the nature of rurality from a global, national, state and cultural perspective; 3. critically analyse the characteristics of 'community'; 4. describe the health advantages and risks associated with living and working in a rural/remote community; 5. describe the psychosocial dimensions of health and their relationship to the epidemiological data on rural health; 6. critically examine the notion of 'Burden of Disease' as it relates to rural health; and 7. apply data related to rural/remote communities' health patterns and needs to critically evaluate the planning and delivery of rural health services and programs.


Participation in on-line discussions: 10%
Community health services profile: 40%
Assignment: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Philippa Greene


Must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing and Rural Health Practice.