Community Profiling and Setting Priorities (INDH5211)


This is the first of six sequential, interdependent modules, only provided for students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health Promotion. Students will be introduced to the overarching principles of health promotion, its conceptual and technical components and its role in preventing or reducing the impact of injury and ill health. Different concepts of health will be explored with a particular emphasis on indigenous approaches to understanding health and wellbeing. Students will then commence the development of a comprehensive profile of their chosen community. Particular attention will be given to finding, understanding, managing and presenting statistical, epidemiological and other forms of data in a way that is accessible to the students, their professional colleagues, other health and funding agencies and community members. The development of a community profile will enable students to define and understand how their community functions, the determinants of health that impact on their chosen community, and identify priority health issues. It will act as a foundation for the development of appropriate and effective health promotion programs. The final 20 per cent of INDH5211 will be dedicated to commencing INDH5212.

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6-day intensive workshop


written assignment (75%), class presentation (20%) and reflective practice journal (5%)


Plater S. & Dickson M. (2013). The Chook Book: A step-by-step guide to the development, planning, implementation and evaluation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health promotion programs. Unpublished; Nutbeam D. & Bauman A. (2006). Evaluation in a Nutshell. McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd, North Ryde; Nutbeam D. Harris E. & Wise M. (2010). Theory in a Nutshell: 3rd Edition. McGraw Hill Australia Pty Ltd, North Ryde. In addition, students are expected to undertake their own reviews of the literature.

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