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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

Unit aim

Contextualises the role of the midwife and primary health care from the Australian and global healthcare perspective including historical, socio-political, culture influences and the social determinates of health.
Students explore fundamental frameworks for evidence-informed, culturally competent and appropriate midwifery care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Unit content

  • History of health provision from an Australian and global perspective
  • Philosophy, principles and strategies of primary health care including social determinants of health (Australian and global)
  • Health beliefs, systems and practices and midwifery care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
  • Principles of cultural competence and philosophy of midwifery

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 outline the history of health provision from an Australian and global perspective
2 describe how the philosophy, principles and strategies of primary health care apply to a woman and her family from an Australian and global healthcare perspective
3 outline differing health beliefs, systems and practices as well as issues and barriers which impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
4 discuss the principles of cultural safety when interacting with childbearing women, their families and other health professionals in ways that are consistent with the philosophy of midwifery
5 identify and describe key social determinants of health including culture and ethnicity and the relevance of this to wellbeing, health and illness.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. outline the history of health provision from an Australian and global perspective
  2. describe how the philosophy, principles and strategies of primary health care apply to a woman and her family from an Australian and global healthcare perspective
  3. outline differing health beliefs, systems and practices as well as issues and barriers which impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  4. discuss the principles of cultural safety when interacting with childbearing women, their families and other health professionals in ways that are consistent with the philosophy of midwifery
  5. identify and describe key social determinants of health including culture and ethnicity and the relevance of this to wellbeing, health and illness.

Prescribed texts

  • Best, O & Fredericks, B (eds) , 2017, Yatdjuligin: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery Care, 2nd edn, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne.
  • Guzys, D, Brown, R, Halcomb, E & Whitehead, D, 2017, An Introduction to Community and Primary Health Care, 2nd edn, Cambridge University Press , Melbourne.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.