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PS3006 - Complex Cases in Rural, Remote and Indigenous Communities

[Not offered in 2012]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch Public Health,Trop Medicine&Rehabilitation Sc

THIS SUBJECT COMMENCES IN 2013. Enrolment in this subject is restricted to physiotherapy students commencing level 3 in 2013.

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. Different models of primary health care service planning and delivery will be presented. 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. Students will work both as an individual and within a group in the preparation of comprehensive resource folders for use in clinical practice.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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, remote and Indigenous Australians;
  • determine the appropriate resources required to manage chronic and complex conditions and identify the process for accessing those resources in rural and remote settings;
  • design a management plan using the ICF framework and construct a resource folder for a 'case' with a chronic or complex condition that is evidence-based, appropriate to an individual's context and inclusive of their future needs in a rural and remote setting.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to manage future career and personal development;
  • The ability to read complex and demanding texts accurately, critically and insightfully;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to generate, calculate, interpret and communicate numerical information in ways appropriate to a given discipline or discourse;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate tools and technologies;
  • The ability to use online technologies effectively and ethically.
Prerequisites: PS3001 AND PS3002 AND PS3003

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.