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92654 Primary Health Care Practice: Child and Family Health

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UTS: Health
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject examines the important influences on child and family health in the Australian Indigenous primary health care context. Students develop the knowledge required to understand the major risk and protective factors that determine the health and wellbeing of the mother, child and family. Students analyse and apply selective child and family health screening tools and describe strategies that can be utilised to support parenting and child development.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
A. Discuss the strengths of cultural practices in relation to family life and childrearing
B. Explore strengths-based approaches to Indigenous child, family and community health services
C. Describe protective and risk factors that contribute to health outcomes of Indigenous children
D. Appraise parenting and early childhood health programs that contribute to supporting Indigenous child and family health outcomes
E. Critically analyse a common child/family health screening tool in regard to whether it incorporates or recognises Indigenous cultural practises of childrearing

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the following graduate attributes:

  • Take a personal, social and ethical responsibility for their professional involvement in primary health care (1.0)
  • Advocate for individuals and communities and supports enabling positive change (2.0)
  • Engage in research and critical thinking to integrate knowledge and translate into action (3.0)
  • Demonstrate professional cultural competency which contributes to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, inclusive of physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellness (6.0)

Teaching and learning strategies

Online learning activities
Students access online learning resources including podcasts, videos, professional and grey literature prior to attending face-to-face sessions. Attendance patterns for this subject require a reliance on the delivery of content and support of learning through distance modes. Online activities are then reviewed and discussed in class to share learning, experiences and reflections.

Group presentations
To support the students’ developing communication skills, groups of students will prepare interactive activities that both demonstrate their knowledge of content and their understanding of the potential audience. In addition to receiving a group mark for the project individuals will receive peer assessment of their contribution.

Stories and scenarios
Stories and scenarios are used to help students explore health and wellbeing related scenarios. Cases depict patients/consumers and their families in a primary health care setting. Students use these scenarios to learn concepts, interpret information, form judgments and develop creative solutions. Critical thinking is developed through analysis, interpretation of and reflection on issues or

Collaborative learning activities
The majority of the face-to-face time in this subject will involve collaborative group activities and workshops. Students will be supported to engage in content prior to attending class and class time will focus on group learning and mentored activities to support learning.

Content (topics)

  • Culture and health and wellbeing
  • Strengths based approached to child and family health
  • Protective and risk factors effecting health outcomes for Indigenous families and communities
  • Primary health care Indigenous specific early child and family programs
  • Child development assessment tools


Assessment task 1: Social Media Build


This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

B and D

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

1.0 and 3.0

Weight: 50%


Assessment task 2: Online discussion


This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A, B and C

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

1.0, 3.0 and 6.0

Weight: 20%

Two significant postings (~500 words)and active engagement in discussions

Assessment task 3: In class group presentation


This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A and E

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

2.0, 3.0 and 6.0

Weight: 30%

10 minute presentation