This subject introduces students to Australia's priority health issues, 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. This subject 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 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.
|Faculty||Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine|
1. Describe the basic epidemiological profile and burden of disease associated with the health issues covered
2. Assess health issue causality by analysing the biological, psycho-social and environmental determinants of health and illness
3. Identify opportunities for health system interventions and services based on determinant analysis
4. Describe the different roles and functions of different health professions relevant to health service delivery in the Australian context
5. Describe the future challenges for practitioners and researchers associated with each health priority