Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - 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
Organisational UnitSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Louisa Lam


This unit has a strong focus on the theory and practice underpinning working with organizations, individuals, families, groups and communities. Through discursive lectures, tutorials and interactive online sessions, students will be able to examine the skills in communication for the purpose of enhancing therapeutic relationships across the lifespan and ultimately ensuring quality health care are developed through studies in this unit. The concepts of caring and helping in nursing within a therapeutic relationship, are explored. Students engage in in-depth analysis of the various human growth and development theories. These theoretical concepts provide a foundation for students to explore aspects of the social model of health, with a particular emphasis on the provision of health care to vulnerable populations and nursing in a culturally diverse community. Within this context the concepts of cultural competence and cultural safety are explored. The development of therapeutic engagement with vulnerable groups using these concepts will be central to the learning milieu of this unit.


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

  1. Identify the concepts of helping and caring in nursing practice across the lifespan
  2. Discuss the theory and practice of an effective therapeutic nurse-patient relationship
  3. Discuss the impact of cultural diversity on health and illness behaviour
  4. Identify the meaning of effective therapeutic communication in nursing including working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds and age groups
  5. Explore the issues of cultural safety and cultural competence within nursing practice
  6. Plan for the promotion and maintenance of the health of individuals, families, groups and communities, with particular emphasis on the needs of vulnerable populations.


Essay (4,000 words) (45%)
Group presentation (20 mins) with written synopsis (2,000 words) (35%)
Active learning tasks (2,000 words) (20%)

Workload requirements

6 hours a week: lectures 2 hours, tutorials 2 hours + 2 hours of online learning activities over a 14 week semester.

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