Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
OfferedBairnsdale Second semester 2013 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2013 (Day)


This unit focuses on an integrated structure for health and wellbeing in the community using the continuum from birth to end of life. This unit will provide opportunities for students to develop fundamental knowledge, incorporate primary health care theories and concepts. This process will expand their burgeoning skills and attitudes relevant to the prevention, restoration and maintenance of optimal health and wellbeing, specific to a range of community settings. Students will be supported to explore and develop knowledge significant to the family and health care needs so the individual and/or family become central to their management of optimal health.

The clinical practice component will provide students with opportunities to incorporate theoretical learning into care and begin the transition to graduate practice.


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

  • analyse the concepts of primary health care and population health;
  • demonstrate knowledge of contemporary rural and remote community needs.;
  • assess factors that predispose, enable, or reinforce behaviours contributing to health risks
  • describe the roles and functions of the members of the multidisciplinary primary health care team;
  • analyse ethical issues which pertain to primary health care;
  • apply a range of therapeutic interventions to meet the physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs of patients/clients in the community;
  • communicate effectively with people who are experiencing complex health issues;
  • demonstrate cultural sensitivity and deep respectful listening to all rural and remote community members;
  • provide evidence based interventions and resources that support the person and their family experiencing complex care needs;
  • practice in accordance with ANMC Competencies for the Registered Nurse and other professional standards


Critique of a journal article: 20% (2000 words)
Literature review: 30% (2000 words)
Written assignment: Journal article format -50% (3000-4000words)
Clinical practice assessment: Pass / Fail

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Lectures: 4 hours x 4 weeks = 16 hours; Tutorials: 2 hours x 4 weeks = 8 hours;
Clinical: 160 hours; Individual Study: 128 hours