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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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedBairnsdale Second semester 2015 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Catherine Wilkin


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.


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

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


Critique of a journal article (2,000 words) (20%)
Literature review (2,000 words) (30%)
Written assignment: Journal article format (3,000 - 4,000 words) (50%)
Clinical practice assessment (Pass / Fail)

Workload requirements

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

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Chief examiner(s)

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