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HS2401 - Rural and Remote Primary and Public Health Care

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

Available to all students enrolled in the Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology and Pharmacy programs. Also available to students in other programs through negotiation with the Head of School. Mixed attendance offering available only to Bachelor of Dental Surgery students (73010 or 105310). EXT offering available to 70510E BOcc Therapy External students.

This subject introduces students to the principles and practices of primary health care and public health in the rural and remote Australian context. The student will gain an understanding of the nature of rural society and how these societies have changed over time, including the influences of economy, environment, geography and cultural diversity. Demography and demographic change and its impact on rural society and life will be discussed and the health status and the factors that influence the health of rural and remote Australians will be presented, including the health of Indigenous Australian peoples. The impact of Australian history upon Indigenous peoples will be introduced. Students will be introduced to the concept of cultural safety which includes basic communication principles for effective engagement with Indigenous Australian clients. Different models of primary health care service planning and delivery will be presented. Concepts for inter-professional teamwork practice will be introduced. Students will gain an understanding of policies affecting rural health as well as learning about the role of health professionals in work in rural and remote areas and the issues that they face. The content is applicable for health practice with rural and remote clients in urban or rural settings and contributes to fieldwork placement preparation.

Learning Outcomes

  • Compare and contrast the health status and remote Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and factors influencing health and health care needs;
  • Develop an appreciation of how history impacts on the health issues of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in rural and remote regions;
  • Develop effective communication and culturally safe health practices for working with diverse rural and remote populations;
  • Identify different models of primary health care delivery in rural and remote communities and key policy influences;
  • Examine rural and remote workforce issues and the inter-disciplinary role of health professionals in these settings.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1 - (25%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Scenario-based learning activity - (40%) - Individual
  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 2 - (35%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Achieve an overall percentage of 50% or more; Submit all assessment pieces

Prerequisites: HS1401

Availabilities

Cairns, Study Period 2, Mixed attendance
Census Date 26-Aug-2021
Non-standard start/end 28-Jun-2021 to 19-Nov-2021
Face to face teaching 28-Jun-2021 to 02-Jul-2021
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Sue Devine, Dr Kris McBain-Rigg
Lecturers: Dr Kris McBain-Rigg, Ms Jemma King, Ms Susan Carr, Miss Hannah Mason.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 13 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 26 hours tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study
Restrictions: Enrolment in this offering is restricted.

Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 26-Aug-2021
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Sue Devine, Dr Kris McBain-Rigg
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Sue Devine, Dr Kris McBain-Rigg, Ms Jemma King, Mr Nathan Dawes, Ms Susan Carr, Miss Hannah Mason.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 13 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 26 hours tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study

Study Period 2, External
Census Date 26-Aug-2021
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Sue Devine, Dr Kris McBain-Rigg
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Sue Devine, Dr Kris McBain-Rigg, Ms Jemma King, Mr Nathan Dawes, Ms Susan Carr.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 13 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 26 hours tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Restrictions: Enrolment in this offering is restricted.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.