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PS3006 - Complex Cases in Rural, Remote and Indigenous Communities

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject introduces students to the principles and practices of primary health care and public health in the rural and remote Australian context. It aims to develop the professional knowledge, clinical reasoning and problem solving skills that are required by health professionals when working with people from rural remote and Indigenous communities, particularly those with complex needs. The subject makes use of targeted lectures and practical sessions. In addition, case studies will be used to provide students with the opportunity to apply clinical reasoning, problem solving and an evidence based approach to the preparation of management plans.

Learning Outcomes

  • design management plans for chronic or complex cases that is evidence based, appropriate to an individual's context, culture and beliefs;
  • justify, using the ICF framework, critical factors in the management of people with chronic or complex conditions;
  • adapt ethical and decision making models, physiotherapy standards and interprofessional principles to manage complex cases and situations relevant to clinical practice.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (65%) - Individual
  • Written > Case study analysis - (25%) - Group & Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Portfolio - (%) - Individual
  • Written > Educational resource - (10%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Passing requirements: complete and submit all assessment items; achieve a cumulative score of at least 50% inclusive of any penalties applied; achieve at least 50% for the written exam; achieve satisfactory/pass for portfolio tasks.

Prerequisites: HS2402 AND HS2403 AND HS2405 AND RH2002 AND PS2005 AND PS2004 AND PS2002 AND PS2003


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Anne Jones
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Anne Jones, Mrs Gitte Nielsen.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 40 hours workshops
  • 16 hours online activity
  • assessment and self-directed study

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.