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
Organisational UnitSchool of Rural Health
OfferedMoe First semester 2015 (Online)
Peninsula First semester 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Dr Julie Willems


This unit examines health and illness patterns across different communities. Health and illness is examined according to 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 health services in communities in different locations and of various population sizes.


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

  1. evaluate the impact of geographic, environmental, social and cultural perspectives on diversity in the community context/setting
  2. explain the nature of geographical classification systems 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 communities of differing sizes and locations.
  6. critically examine the notion of 'Burden of Disease' as it relates to different communities
  7. apply data related to communities' health patterns and needs to critically evaluate the planning and delivery of health services and programs.


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

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