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MEDI12-202: Challenges to Health Part B


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
  • May 2023 [Standard Offering - Group A]
  • May 2023 [Standard Offering - Group B]
Study areas
  • Medicine
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $29,420
  • Commencing in 2023: $30,160

Learning outcomes

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

Enrolment requirements

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  • 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 Offering - Group AStandard Offering - Group B
Enrolment opens20/03/202220/03/2022
Semester start16/05/202216/05/2022
Subject start16/05/202216/05/2022
Cancellation 1?30/05/202230/05/2022
Cancellation 2?06/06/202206/06/2022
Last enrolment29/05/202229/05/2022
Withdraw – Financial?11/06/202211/06/2022
Withdraw – Academic?02/07/202202/07/2022
Teaching census?10/06/202210/06/2022