Faculty of Health Sciences Abroad

Cultural practices, disease patterns and healthcare systems are vastly different in countries around the globe. This unit provides students with the opportunity to work with non-government organisations in a developing country for up to six weeks. Regions where students can be placed include South and Southeast Asia. As part of the units below students will be expected to participate in local development programs, live within the community that they are visiting, and document key health and development issues.

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Undergraduate

HSBH3012
FHS Abroad
6    P Successful completion of all 1st year units in an undergraduate FHS degree

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2

Postgraduate

HSBH5001
FHS Abroad
6    P Successful completion of an undergraduate health sciences degree or equivalent.

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2

Undergraduate

HSBH3012 FHS Abroad

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Elaine Ryan, Dr Charlotte Scarf Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x6-hr briefing session,1x4-hr debriefing session, and online learning activities Prerequisites: Successful completion of all 1st year units in an undergraduate FHS degree Assessment: Pre placement briefing paper (20%), reflective diary (30%), report (40%) and oral presentation (10%). Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Field Experience
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit provides students with the opportunity to gain international experience in a health services setting in a developing country. Students will participate in a 4-6 week placement with a community based organisation in South or South East Asia. They will participate in local development programs, living within the community that they are visiting, and report on their experiences working with the local community.
Participants in the FHS Abroad program develop skills in:
- assessing the welfare requirements of individuals, groups and communities
- assisting individuals, groups and communities in relation to health and rehabilitation
- assisting individuals, groups and communities to utilise their own resources to improve their wellbeing
- communicating with young children, parents and other professionals
- planning, organising and implementing programmes for the care of adults and children in their host community
- demonstrating project management skills including time management and reporting abilities;
- demonstrating cross-cultural sensitivity and the ability to adapt to new environments;
- developing an awareness of complex global health issues;

Postgraduate

HSBH5001 FHS Abroad

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Elaine Ryan, Dr Charlotte Scarf Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Full day briefing session, half day debiefing session Prerequisites: Successful completion of an undergraduate health sciences degree or equivalent. Assessment: Pre-departure research paper (20%), field diary (30%), placement report (40%) and presentation (10%) Practical field work: 4-6 weeks working with a community-based organisation in a developing country Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Field Experience
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Cultural practices, disease patterns and healthcare systems are vastly different in different countries around the globe. This unit provides students with the opportunity to work with non-government organisations in a developing country for up to six weeks. Countries where students can be placed include Vietnam, Cambodia, India and Nepal. As part of the unit students will be expected to participate in local development programs, live within the community that they are visiting, and document key health and development issues facing local populations. The unit will require that students illustrate project management skills; develop an awareness of cultural issues facing individuals and organisation in your host country; and, illustrate your capacity to document and report on local health issues.