NUR2227 - Primary health care and health promotion in nursing and midwifery contexts - 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)

Dr Kerry Hampton


Dr Kerry Hampton (Clayton)
Dr Kaori Shimoinaba (Peninsula)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


NUR1013, NUR1111, NUR1113


Students must be enrolled in M2006 & M3007


This unit builds on the content covered in NUR1110, NUR1111, NUR1113 related to society, population health and illness, the Australian healthcare system and personal and professional development. Students are introduced to the key philosophies and frameworks that guide the delivery of sustainable primary healthcare in Australian and global context.

Students will examine the health of populations, families and individuals as they relate to health priorities, disease prevention, and continuity of care.

Primary health care in Australia and internationally is aimed at reducing the incidence of preventable diseases, and includes an emphasis on nursing and midwifery interventions which promote well-being and self-reliance for client groups.

Case based learning will enable students to critique evidence related to the provision of primary health nursing and midwifery care.

The concept of primary health care and health promotion, underpinned by a philosophy of 'health for all' will be explored involving: partnership development, community participation, health equity, social justice, capacity building and advocacy necessary to plan, implement and evaluate health promotion practice across all sectors. Simulated practice activities will feature skill development in working as part of an integrated interdisciplinary team, including carers, family, and unregulated workers.

This unit explores the role of nurses and midwives in primary health care and health promotion and enables students to understand and act on the factors that cause poor health, and those that create and sustain good health.


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

  1. Analyse the key philosophies and frameworks of primary healthcare and health promotion applied in the context of Nursing and Midwifery.
  2. Conceptualise the biomedical, behavioural, and socio-environmental approaches to health and health care, and apply these to planning and evaluating sustainable health promotion programs
  3. Analyse the concepts of partnership development, community participation, health equity, social justice and capacity building when working with vulnerable populations in primary health care including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  4. Recognise the role of health literacy and behaviour change in improving health outcomes for various populations including, regional, rural and remote settings
  5. Analyse health policy and the ethics of primary health care in relation to the role of the nurse and midwife
  6. Explore contemporary challenges and future trends in primary healthcare including refugee health, planetary health and the changing healthcare sector


  • Group presentation and health promotion program plan (20 minutes and 1,500 words) (35%)
  • iSAP written task (1,850 words) (35%)
  • Essay (1,500 words) (30%)

Workload requirements

On Campus

1 hour interactive lecture per week x 6 weeks

2 hour workshop per week (active learning) x 6 weeks

Teacher Directed Activities

4 hours Guided Learning Activities (E-Books: 'Prepare, Explore, Apply') per week x 6 weeks

10 hours SDL per week x 12 weeks

See also Unit timetable information

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