SRH5000 - Health and health care practices for communities - 2017

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 Anton Isaacs

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Online)


In this unit, students will explore how communities are defined as groups of individuals connected by common attributes.

These attributes can include, but are not limited to, geography, ethnicity, sexuality, disability, socio-economic status, age, family, and family structure.

Students will learn how to locate and employ data to describe community characteristics including measures of health, the various health services available to the community, and any health-service gaps.

Students will also examine the principles of Burden of Disease and how it impacts on health outcomes and service planning.

Finally, students will translate this knowledge, devising a plan to address health needs and service deficiencies of a community of interest.


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

  1. Analyse the characteristics, health advantages and risks associated with different communities.
  2. Access and analyse data to develop a community profile.
  3. Apply the principles of 'Burden of Disease' (BoD) as it relates to different communities.
  4. Critically examine a major health deficiency in a community of interest.
  5. Develop a plan to address the health needs and health service deficiencies in a community of interest.


  • Community definitions and profile (1500 words) 30%
  • Burden of disease analysis (2000 words) 35%
  • Strategic plan (2500 words) 35%

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