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PY5305 - Biopsychosocial and Cultural Models of Health

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

In this subject students will learn about biopsychosocial and cultural models applied to specific health disorders. Students will have the opportunity to develop skills in biopsychosocial and cultural formulation and the development of evidence-based treatment plans. The clinical psychologist's role in the development of behaviour change programs will be explored. Students will have the opportunity to disseminate information about the relevance of psychology and the importance of interprofessional collaboration in managing physical health conditions to their peers and others.

Learning Outcomes

  • Synthesise and apply principles of biopsychosocial and cultural assessment and interprofessional practice to tailor client centred treatment plans;
  • Expertly communicate with relevant stakeholders, including others within the interprofessional health care team, about the biopsychosocial and cultural impacts of health conditions;
  • Apply appropriate cultural considerations to chronic health presentations to facilitate quality outcomes for clients from diverse populations in tropical, and rural and remote areas including the culturally and linguistically diverse and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
  • Evaluate, synthesise and apply biopsychosocial and cultural models of health in the context of prevention and treatment of health disorders;
  • Reflect critically and respectfully on the practice of one's self and others working within the interprofessional health care team to develop quality practice and to plan ongoing professional learning.

Subject Assessment

  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (25%) - Individual
  • Written > Case notes - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Reflection/reflective task 1 - (%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Multimedia production - (25%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Pass requirements: pass every assessment item; attend all scheduled classes; achieve a cumulative score of at least 50% after the application of any penalties such as late penalties.

PY5001 PY5003 PY5006 PY5007 PY5011 PY5012 PY5013 PY6001 PY6002 PY6003 PY6010 PY6015 PY6201 PY6202 PY6203


JCU Singapore, Study Period 58, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Professor Nigel Marsh
Lecturers: Professor Nigel Marsh, Assoc. Professor Maria Hennessy.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 45 hours workshops
  • assessment and self-directed study

Townsville, Study Period 1, Intensive
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Face to face teaching (TBA)
Coordinator: Dr Meegan Kilcullen, Professor Nigel Marsh
Lecturers: Ms Carolyn Heward, Dr Meegan Kilcullen.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 45 hours workshops
  • 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.