NUR5833 - Refugee health and wellbeing - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery


Ms Suzanne Willey

Not offered in 2017


This unit has been developed in partnership with The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture and the State Wide Refugee Nurse Facilitator and sponsored by the Victorian Government. The unit will assist nurses to work with refugees within a social model of health to identify gaps in health services and advocate for refugees in the context of their community through an analysis of the socio-political aspects of the refugee context and an indepth understanding of the effects of torture and trauma on the health and health care of refugees. The unit includes skill development in refugee health assessment and responding to issues of health literacy, organisation and community capacity building and evaluation in refugee health and wellbeing.


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

  1. Discuss the global and socio-political aspects of refugee and asylum seeker journeys and settlement
  2. Examine primary health care and service co-ordination practices within the refugee context
  3. Analyse and understand the impact of torture and trauma on refugee populations and the Australian health care system
  4. Analyse approaches to cultural responsiveness, health literacy and consumer participation within the refugee context
  5. Identify nursing skills required for refugee health assessment and care within the individual and family context
  6. Recognise and develop professional boundaries and skills to assist the nurse/midwife when working with refugees.


  • Essay (3,000 - 4,000 words) (30%)
  • Case study presentation (20%)
  • Fieldwork project (3,000 - 4,000 words) (50%) (Hurdle)

Workload requirements

2 x full day workshops and 6 hours per week online activities.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Nursing and midwifery