Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
OfferedBerwick First semester 2015 (Flexible)
Clayton First semester 2015 (Flexible)
Peninsula First semester 2015 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Ms Suzanne Willey


This unit introduces nursing students and other professionals to the key principles, philosophies and frameworks that guide health promotion practice in Australia and internationally. Students will examine concepts and theories of health promotion and the primary health care sector, including medical, behavioural and socio-environmental approaches to health care. Health promotion is underpinned by a philosophy of health for all; therefore concepts such as partnership development, community participation, health equity, social justice, capacity building and advocacy are described to empower nurses and other professionals with the means to plan, implement and evaluate health promotion practice across all sectors of the Australian health care system. By the end of this unit, students will have examined and described these key concepts of health promotion in relation to the Australian context.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Discuss and critically reflect on key principles, philosophies and frameworks that underpin health promotion practice and activity;
  2. Compare and contrast primary care, primary health care, medical, behavioural, and socio-environmental approaches to health promotion and discuss their strengths and limitations;
  3. Analyse the concepts of partnership development, community participation, health equity and inequity, social justice, capacity building and advocacy in relation to the nurses' role in empowering and enabling individuals, families and communities;
  4. Recognise the importance of effective communication strategies to include examining health literacy in the context of health promotion;
  5. Outline the different types of evidence that guides health care and sources of evidence that can assist nurses in planning health promotion;
  6. Critically reflect on the importance of appropriate planning, implementation and evaluation to ensure sustainability when engaging in health promotion activity;
  7. Recognise the contribution of health policy development to health promotion and the role of nursing in ongoing developments in health policy;
  8. Discuss ethical challenges that are presented by health promotion.


Online quiz (10%)
Essay (2,000 words) (40%)
Tutorial participation (10%)
Examination (2 hours) (40%)

Workload requirements

This is a flexible unit with compulsory on campus tutorial sessions.
Four x 4 hour workshops (Podcast): 16 hours
Online guided learning activities: 20 hours
Self-directed learning: 120 hours

Total: 156 hours.

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