PUBH 7021 Primary Health Care and its Applications

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 400412

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Description This unit explores the impact and relevance of Primary Health Care in its context as a World Health Organization (WHO) strategy for achieving "Health for All". It examines the ways in which Primary Health Care, along with other significant WHO initiatives, provides a framework for the organisation of just and humane health care systems and provides an opportunity for detailed discussion of the complex factors that impact on the health status of populations. The integration of associated theoretical concepts will enable an understanding of the complex dimensions of health and well-being to evolve and then to inform health care practices and the planning of programs that can lead to sustainable health within a primary health care framework.

School Nursing & Midwifery

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in a postgraduate program. The subject is also available as a non-award subject in online mode.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Explain within local and global contexts the principles, strategies and activities of primary health care linked to the World Health Organization�fs quest for 'Health for All';
  2. Evaluate the congruence between primary health care principles and practices as they relate to local and national health care policies;
  3. Critically explore the relationship between people�fs health outcomes and the global, cultural, social and socio-economic determinants of health and wellbeing;
  4. Conduct a community needs assessment and differentiate between the problem/issue and its solutions;
  5. Apply principles of primary health care and health promotion when facilitating health-related change in organisations and communities;
  6. Use a primary health care framework to identify strategies for working within communities to promote health and competence.

Subject Content

Definitions and meanings of health;
Social determinants of health and wellbeing;
Health policy orientation: welfare and privatised, concepts and values;
Primary Health Care principles and practices;
Health Promotion: issues and strategies for the promotion of health in a globalised context;
Approaches to health promotion including the use of media;
Community needs assessment; capacity building and healthy settings;
Projects for health.


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Literacy workbook: Short Answer Questions 2,000 words maximum 20 N Individual
Quiz: Multiple Choice Quiz (On-line) 1 hour/60 questions 30 N Individual
Critical Review: Critical application paper 2,000 words 50 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • There is no essential textbook.

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1



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