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Unit description

Provides an overview of Nursing in the Australian context focusing on the health care system and the factors which influence the way it functions. Historical, socio-political and cultural factors will be presented to develop critical awareness of how these factors influence nursing, health care delivery, systems, services, and the health care workforce.

Unit content

  • Australian Health Care system
  • Health priorities
  • Social determinants of health
  • Rural and remote health nursing
  • Mental health nursing
  • Primary health care nursing
  • Cultural competence (including cultural diversity in Australia, cultural respect, safety)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's history, health, wellness and culture
  • Chronic disease management
  • Palliative care nursing
  • Aged care nursing
  • Academic writing skills
  • Health informatics and health technology in clinical nursing contexts
  • Professional culture and behaviours in the Australian health care context
  • Quality improvement methodologies

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:
1reflect on the principles of academic integrity and academic writing, including knowledge of the SCU policy on academic integrity and academic misconduct
2compare and contrast the health of Australians, including the Indigenous population groups, with the major elements of the health care system
3appraise the various factors which influence the functions of the Australian health care system and the health of Australians, including priority population groups
4debate the impact of health care policy, funding and governance on the Australian health care system
5critically evaluate the role information technology plays in the Australian health care system
6interpret the impact of current trends in the health care system on the health care workforce
7examine the influence of history and culture on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

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

  1. reflect on the principles of academic integrity and academic writing, including knowledge of the SCU policy on academic integrity and academic misconduct
  2. compare and contrast the health of Australians, including the Indigenous population groups, with the major elements of the health care system
  3. appraise the various factors which influence the functions of the Australian health care system and the health of Australians, including priority population groups
  4. debate the impact of health care policy, funding and governance on the Australian health care system
  5. critically evaluate the role information technology plays in the Australian health care system
  6. interpret the impact of current trends in the health care system on the health care workforce
  7. examine the influence of history and culture on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 4 hrs/wk (4 wks )
Tutorial on-site 4 hrs/ wk (4 wks)
Tutorial online 1 hr/wk (8 wks )
Assessment
Quiz20%
Quiz20%
Report60%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every teaching period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the teaching period.

Fee information

Domestic

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International

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