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MEDI12-203: Challenges to Health Part C


Year 2 is framed around a second cycle through the body systems. The emphasis on the relationships between normal structure and function continues and builds complexity by teaching body systems. Disease and infectious organisms are introduced along with the mechanisms for 'restoring' normal function.

Broader aspects of health psychology, to underpin issues relating to chronic illness, health uncertainty and predicting or modifying health behaviour are introduced. As the year progresses behavioural sciences content is deepened by exploring the variation in health outcomes by phenotype and in individuals, groups, and populations. This is informed by discussions and readings in epigenetics, biological underpinnings of behaviour, and social and cultural diversity as well as economic disparity. Health psychology continues to enhance this knowledge with cognitive and emotional relevance.

The foundation of knowledge and skills that define a competent practitioner continues with history taking and acknowledges emotional aspects of healthcare inherent to being a patient or family member or carer and therefore essential for practitioners to recognise. Specialist communication skills are introduced by teaching the SPIKES framework of breaking bad news. Physical examination is taught in conjunction with the body systems and an acquisition of an array of related procedural skills.

The ethical complexities of health care alongside legal frameworks remain an active part of the curriculum. Placements in the community continue to provide the occupational context for healthcare systems.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Semesters offered
  • September 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering - Group A]
  • September 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Medicine
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2021: $28,960
  • Commencing in 2022: $29,420

Learning outcomes

1. Please see MEDI12-YR2 for the integrated list of learning outcomes.

Enrolment requirements

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Restrictions: ?
  • Study Abroad Students

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard OfferingStandard Offering
Enrolment opens18/07/202118/07/2021
Semester start13/09/202113/09/2021
Subject start13/09/202113/09/2021
Cancellation 1?27/09/202127/09/2021
Cancellation 2?04/10/202104/10/2021
Last enrolment26/09/202126/09/2021
Withdraw – Financial?09/10/202109/10/2021
Withdraw – Academic?30/10/202130/10/2021
Teaching census?08/10/202108/10/2021