Australia's Health Issues and Priorities introduces students to Australia’s national health priority areas, as determined by analysis of key indicators such as burden of disease, risk factor prevalence, determinants of health and opportunities for interventions across the health system, now and into the future. This subject takes a multidisciplinary and integrated approach guided by the socio-ecological approach to assessing and responding to health issues. It will introduce students to thinking about major health issues across the spectrum of the health system (prevention through to treatment), by analysing the biological, psychological, social and environmental determinants of health, and using this analysis to identify interventions and opportunities to improve health. This will include consideration of the impact of these health issues on priority population groups, introduce students to the roles of different health professionals and alert students to consider the challenges these health issues pose for future health practitioners and researchers.
|Academic unit:||Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine|
|Subject title:||Australia's Health Issues and Priorities|
Delivery & attendance
|Attendance and learning activities:||Attendance at workshops is compulsory. Students are required to attend a minimum of 75% of the workshops and submit worksheets from the workshops each week in order to pass the subject.|
|Prescribed resources:||No Prescribed resources. After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.|
|[email protected] & Email:||[email protected] is the online learning environment at Bond University and is used to provide access to subject materials, lecture recordings and detailed subject information regarding the subject curriculum, assessment and timing. Both iLearn and the Student Email facility are used to provide important subject notifications. Additionally, official correspondence from the University will be forwarded to students’ Bond email account and must be monitored by the student.|
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Assurance of learning
Assurance of Learning means that universities take responsibility for creating, monitoring and updating curriculum, teaching and assessment so that students graduate with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need for employability and/or further study.
At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.
Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.
Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
- Describe the basic epidemiological profile and burden of disease associated with the health issues covered.
- Assess health issue causality by analysing the biological, psychological, social and environmental determinants of health.
- Identify opportunities for health system interventions and services based on determinant analysis.
- Describe the different roles and functions of different health professions in the Australian context.
- Describe the future challenges for practitioners and researchers working in health priority areas.
|*Online Quiz||Quiz||20%||Week 5||2, 3, 4.|
|Written Report||Examine one health issue prevalent in a specific population in Australia using a socio-ecological approach (2000 words)||35%||Week 8||1, 2, 3.|
|Computer-Aided Examination (Closed)||End of semester exam||45%||Final Examination Period||1, 2, 3, 4, 5.|
- * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
- C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.
|High Distinction||85-100||Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.|
|Distinction||75-84||Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.|
|Credit||65-74||Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.|
|Pass||50-64||Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.|
|Fail||0-49||Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.|
For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.
Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.
Policy on late submission and extensions
A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.
Policy on plagiarism
University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.
Feedback on assessment
Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.
If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.
An introduction to Australia's health and health system.
An overview of prevention, treatment and health promotion, including the key social determinants of health and the levels of prevention.
The impact of tobacco smoking, alcohol and illicit drugs on the health of Australians.
The importance of nutrition and physical activity as determinants of health and protective factors for disease or illness.
The causality and burden of disease of various mental health disorders in Australia.
The burden of disease and risk factors associated with obesity, diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease in Australia.
The epidemiological profile, burden of disease and causality associated with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions in Australia.
An overview of cancer, the burden of disease and risk factors associated with different types of cancers in Australia.
The epidemiological profile, burden of disease and risk factors associated with asthma and respiratory diseases in Australia.
The historical impact and current social and cultural determinants influencing the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
The burden of disease, epidemiological profile and risk factors of infectious diseases and sexually transmissible infections in Australia.