University of Technology Sydney

92571 Principles of Primary Health Care

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UTS: Health
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

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

Description

This subject introduces students to the principles and philosophy of primary health care. Students examine models of care that are used to prevent and manage illness in Australia and around the world and develop an understanding of the funding of primary health care and the workforce that provides the services. Students explore ways in which primary health care can reduce health inequities in the context of the social determinants of health. Students identify the strengths of primary health care and potential implications for service planning and delivery.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
A. Describe the principles of primary health care.
B. Identify models of primary health care that can reduce health inequity in Australia.
C. Evaluate primary health care models for vulnerable population groups in Australia and around the world.
D. Evaluate the suitability of primary health care services in intervening in the social determinants of health.
E. Determine the components of multidisciplinary primary health care.
F. Identify the funding sources for primary health care in Australia.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the following graduate attributes:

  • Advocate for and engage with individuals and communities to reduce health inequities and promote social justice in a global context (1.0)
  • Demonstrate creative and adaptive thinking within a changeable social, political and technological environment (2.0)
  • Use an assets-based approach to engender effective communication, collaboration and leadership (3.0)
  • Are ethical and responsible professionals who value the diversity of people and communities (4.0)
  • Translate research and evaluation into social and professional practice through critical thinking and knowledge integration (5.0)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

Graduates from this course will have developed foundation level knowledge of primary health care and be able to understand the contribution of a strong primary health care system in reducing health inequalities. Graduates will develop understandings of the role of health care professionals, policy makers and government in the delivery of best practice primary health care.

Teaching and learning strategies

This course seeks to integrate many of the principles of primary health care into the learning process itself – in other words, it is designed to be accessible, participatory, empowering, equitable and integrated. We will employ these PHC principles in conjunction with evidence-based approaches to consider a range of scenarios and dilemmas in small collaborative groups. Students are expected to attend all lectures and tutorials, as well as complete all preparatory work each week.

Weekly sessions include:

  1. Preparatory materials, including reading, listening to podcasts or watching online material, will be given to students before each class. This will be shared with students on UTSOnline.
  2. Weekly lectures will be given to introduce the key concepts, history, dilemmas and applications of primary health care in a variety of different global contexts.
  3. Tutorials to explore, apply and review concepts from the pre-class materials and the lectures, support learning and apply/review content.

Individual written feedback will be provided on UTSOnline approximately three weeks after the submission date. In the case of group assignments, some direct feedback may be given at the end of the presentation session. UTSOnline will also provide a venue to discuss course content and assignments at any time.

Content (topics)

  • Principles of primary health care for example: access, equity, community engagement, multisectorial collaboration, appropriate use of technology
  • Intervening in the social determinants of health
  • Primary health care services in Australia: models and funding
  • Primary health care services across the world: models and funding
  • Primary health care workforce
  • Health literacy in primary health care
  • Designing and implementing primary health care services in vulnerable populations

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Quizzes x 4

Intent:

Quizzes are designed to assess students' understanding of the content delivered in the lectures and tutorials.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A, B, D and F

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

2.0 and 5.0

Type: Quiz/test
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 20%
Length:

Each quiz will have 10 Multiple Choice/Short Answer questions. Each quiz is worth 5%

Assessment task 2: Critique a primary health care service for a vulnerable population

Intent:

It is now more than 40 years since the Declaration of Alma Ata. This assignment asks you to consider the relevance of primary health care in a specific vulnerable community in contemporary contexts, either in Australia or in another country.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

B, C and E

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

4.0 and 5.0

Type: Essay
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 40%
Length:

1500 words (+/- 10 %)

Assessment task 3: 'Hella Healthy' PHC Hackathon

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A, B, C, D, E and F

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

2.0 and 5.0

Type: Presentation
Groupwork: Group, group assessed
Weight: 20%
Length:

Short presentation (10 minutes) per group to be presented in the final class of the semester

Assessment task 4: Professionalism

Intent:

This assessment is designed to reaffirm the importance of professionalism among students, and to develop attitudes and practices that will guide them through their professional lives as health workers.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A, B and D

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

1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0

Type: Reflection
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 20%
Length:

Maximum of 600 words

Other resources

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Improve your academic and English language skills
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HELPS (Higher Education Language & Presentation Support)
HELPS provides assistance with English language proficiency and academic language. Students who need to develop their written and/or spoken English should make use of the free services offered by HELPS, including academic language workshops, vacation intensive courses, drop-in consultations, individual appointments and Conversations@UTS (www.ssu.uts.edu.au/helps). HELPS staff are also available for drop-in consultations at the UTS Library. Phone (02) 9514 9733.

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