NUR1111 - Global health and cultural competence in nursing and midwifery practice - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Roz Williamson


Dr Karen Richards (Peninsula)
Ms Roz Williamson (Clayton)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


Must be enrolled in M2006 Bachelor of Nursing or M3007 Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Midwifery (Hons).


This unit introduces the student to the concepts of health and illness as they relate to health indicators for vulnerable groups, and local and global healthcare. The influence of the social determinants of health will be explored as they impact on the health and personal wellbeing of individuals.

This unit enables the student to develop a conceptual understanding of health and illness, global and population health, environmental impacts on the health of people, health promotion and health screening.


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

  1. Identify population health indicators particularly as they relate to vulnerable groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;
  2. Describe the social determinants of health including environmental determinants and the impact of climate change on global health;
  3. Discuss the role of the nurse/midwife in mitigation and adaptation;
  4. Identify personally held values, beliefs and cultural orientation;
  5. Discuss the characteristics of a culturally competent health care workforce and health care system;
  6. Describe the role that health promotion and population screening play as preventative measures within health care systems locally and globally.


  • Written Assignment (2,500 words) (35%)
  • Group synopsis (1,000 words) + Group presentation (10 min) (25%)
  • Written Examination (2 hours) (40%) (hurdle)

Workload requirements

Lectures 1 hour/week

Tutorials/active learning 2 hours/week

Guided pre-learning 2-3 hours/week

Self-directed learning 6 hours/week

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