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TM5536 - Refugee Health

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

This subject is designed to prepare health professionals for work in refugee health settings. The aim of the subject is to build competence in the management of public health situations. It covers the humanitarian, political, geo-political, demographic, epidemiological and organisational context of refugee health. Topics covered include the organisational principles of refugee care in the primary (emergency) and secondary phases, significant clinical problems, immunisation, nutrition, maternal and child health, refugee mental health, water, sanitation and shelter, as well as team management and health and safety of field workers. Students are expected to have a genuine interest in working in refugee and aid situations and to be motivated and adaptable. It is strongly recommended that students have a minimum of two years postgraduate experience, preferably in community health for health professionals.

Learning Outcomes

  • knowledge of and insight into the complexity of refugee health care in the primary emergency phase including humanitarian, political, demographic, epidemiological, organisational, cultural factors;
  • knowledge of the basic principles of the planning, delivery and evaluation of care in refugee health settings.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The ability to work with people of different gender, age, ethnicity, culture, religion and political persuasion;
  • The ability to make constructive contributions to project teams or collegial activities;
  • The potential to resolve conflicts.


Townsville, Study Period 2, Block
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Face to face teaching 27-Aug-2012 to 07-Sep-2012
Coordinator: <Person not found>, <Person not found>
Lecturers: <Person not found>, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 60 hours lectures
Assessment: other exams (70%); presentations (30%).
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

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.