92590 Non-communicable Disease Prevention and Management6cp; 1hpw (lecture), 2hpw (tutorial)
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have displaced infectious diseases as the most significant health challenge for most countries. Globally, two-thirds of all deaths are the result of NCDs, with premature deaths and complex co-morbidities comprising a challenge for governments that extends well beyond the health sector. Governments at all levels, struggling with the direct and indirect costs as well as the social impacts, have developed a range of policies and strategies designed to address the NCD burden, from issuing dietary guidelines and promoting lifestyle change, screening vulnerable populations, to ensuring that health systems are equipped to provide adequate treatment.
This subject introduces students to the concepts, causes, and policies for managing NCDs. After considering the social and environmental determinants of NCDs, students then critically assess the primordial, primary, secondary and tertiary prevention model. The subject also considers the role of health professionals and importance of cross-sectoral engagement, with a particular focus on minority, excluded, and lower socioeconomic groups in Australia and abroad.
Autumn session, City campus
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