Contexts of Health & Disease (NURS2003)


This unit of study builds on the first year unit, Population Health to Personal Healthcare. It examines in more depth a range of social determinants of health that are relevant in the Australian context and also internationally. It explores global health and disease issues as they relate to natural disasters, national and international conflicts, the spread of infectious diseases, and the migrations of large numbers of people across national borders, including refugees and asylum seekers. The unit also focuses on the health-related experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in Australia. Contemporary ideas and beliefs about health and illness in Australia will be critically examined, including western and non-western approaches. The theories that underpin systems of care will be explored. The use of complementary and alternative medicines in Australia will be critically examined. Finally, students will explore theoretical perspectives on caring for people from diverse cultural and social backgrounds, particularly focusing on nursing care in Australia.

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13x2-hr lectures, 6x2-hr tutorials


essay (40%) and group work (15%) and exam (45%)

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