NUR5833 - Refugee health and wellbeing - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Suzanne Willey


Ms Suzanne Willey

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (Flexible)


Must be enrolled in a Postgraduate degree


The unit will enhance nurse and midwife's skill and knowledge when working with people from a refugee background.

Nurses and midwives will explore current gaps in health services and ways to advocate for refugees within the context of their community and through an analysis of the socio-political aspects of the refugee context.

An in-depth exploration of the effects of torture and trauma on the health and health care of refugees provides further understanding of the refugee experience. The unit includes skill development in refugee health assessment and responding to issues of health literacy, organisation and community capacity building and evaluation of refugee health and wellbeing.

This unit has been developed in partnership with The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture and the State Wide Facilitator Refugee Health Program.


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

  1. Explain the global and socio-political aspects of refugee and asylum seeker journeys and settlement
  2. Critically examine primary health care and service co-ordination practices within the refugee context
  3. 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 nurses and midwives when working with refugees.


  • Written assessment: The refugee experience (2,000-2,500 words) (35%)
  • Written assessment: Working with people from a refugee background (2,000-2,500 words) (35%)
  • Case study presentation (20 mins) (30%)

Workload requirements

12 hours per week comprising guided readings, online and other activities and /or tutorials, including self-directed learning.

See also Unit timetable information

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


Nursing and midwifery