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MD8001 - Foundations of Rural and Remote Medicine

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: College of Medicine & Dentistry

Available to any experienced medical practitioner currently working in a rural or remote location.

This subject presents definitions and concepts of rural health care, a description of the rural health care policy environment in Australia, and data on the health status of rural and remote population. The student is led to investigate concepts and challenges related to working as a rural health professional. For experienced health professionals it is an opportunity to reflect from an academic perspective on their own practice. For junior health professionals it is an opportunity to learn about living and practising in rural and remote contexts.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe diverse rural and remote cultures in Australia and overseas;
  • Analyse new and emerging rural communities;
  • Compare the health of rural and remote communities from local, national and international health perspectives;
  • Apply the theoretical roles of a rural health professional to specific rural and remote contexts;
  • Define concepts, policies, strategies and initiatives applicable to rural and remote health care.

Subject Assessment

  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (30%) - Individual
  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1 - (30%) - Individual
  • Participation > Online participation - (10%) - Individual
  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 2 - (30%) - Individual.


External, Study Period 1
Census Date 25-Mar-2021
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

External, Study Period 2
Census Date 26-Aug-2021
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

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.