Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Rural Health


Dr Anske Robinson



  • First semester 2016 (Online)


This unit examines health and illness patterns across different communities along with health service strategies to meet designated needs. Multiple dimensions of health and illness are examined including such things as culture, social and economic demographics, lifestyle and access to services. Students will learn to critically analyse the psychosocial dimensions of health and relate this to the epidemiological data on health and illness patterns. Students will develop skills in effective evidence based planning for health services in communities in different locations and of various population sizes. To demonstrate advanced health care practice, students will develop a strategic approach to meeting health care deficiencies for a relevant case study community.


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 global, national, state and cultural perspectives in relation to health and health care practices in communities.
  3. Critically analyse the characteristics of 'community' and describe the health advantages and risks associated with living and working in different communities.
  4. Critically analyse a range of approaches, programs and services to meet health needs of different communities.
  5. Critically examine the notion of 'Burden of Disease' (BoD) as it relates to different communities.
  6. Apply data related to communities' health patterns and needs to critically evaluate the planning and delivery of health services and programs.


Develop a community health services profile (1,500 words) (30%) (Hurdle)
Essay (2,000 words) (30%) (Hurdle)
Develop a submission or a strategic plan to implement a health service deficiency (2,500 words) (40%) (Hurdle)

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