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HS2401 - Rural and Remote Primary and Public Health Care

Credit points: 3
Year: 2011
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch Public Health,Trop Medicine&Rehabilitation Sc

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.

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 people.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. Different models of primary health care service planning and delivery will be presented and the role that technology plays in health service delivery will be discussed.

Learning Outcomes

  • outline methods of consultation in rural and remote communities including Indigenous communities;
  • compare and contrast different models of primary health care service delivery in rural and remote communities;
  • describe issues faced by health professionals in rural and remote Australia including issues of staff recruitment and retention;
  • describe the factors influencing the health and health care needs of rural and remote Australians;
  • describe the health issues of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in rural and remote Australia;
  • describe the health status of rural and remote Australians;
  • describe the interdisciplinary role of health professionals in rural and remote Australia;
  • describe the nature of rural and remote Australian society;
  • describe the priority health issues in rural and remote Australia today;
  • describe the role that technology plays in rural and remote health;
  • develop a rapid needs appraisal for planning health needs in a rural and remote community;
  • identify relevant health policy that affects rural and remote Australians.
Prerequisites: HS1401

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 25-Aug-2011
Coordinator: Ms Julie Parison, <Person not found>
Lecturers: Ms Julie Parison, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours lectures
  • 26 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); presentations (15%); assignments (45%).

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 25-Aug-2011
Coord/Lect: Ms Julie Parison, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours lectures
  • 26 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); presentations (15%); assignments (45%).

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.