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The subject Healthcare in Context (HCC) 2 provides students with the opportunity to build their knowledge of the socio-politico-cultural influences on healthcare in a local and global context and to develop skills in health promotion. Students will draw on previous learning from the DPT program to design, implement and evaluate a community health promotion project.
HCC2 will also build directly on the community engagement established in HCC1, in which students completed a community needs analysis and identified the health and wellness priorities of a community. In HCC2, students will use the findings from their needs analysis to design a project that meets one of the prioritised needs of the community.
To support this project, students will cover the theory and practice of health promotion and the social and economic factors that support community health and wellness. Attention will also be paid to the health needs of Australian Indigenous peoples and the complexity of their health experiences within current local and global contexts.
The culmination of this subject will be in a mini-Conference presentation, in which students will present their community project to their peers, academic staff and community members. Attendance at this final conference is mandatory.
This subject, together with HCC1, is the capstone experience for the DPT program.
Intended learning outcomes
The curriculum for the DPT program has been designed around 8 learning outcomes under 3 elements, outlined below.
Element 1: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
1. Identify the cultural, economic and ethical considerations in using Health Needs Analysis data to build on a nominated Community’s Health and Wellness priorities;
2. examine current healthcare strategies that afford and constrain the health and wellness of culturally diverse communities;
3. build on prior knowledge of a community needs assessment to design a health promotion project that addresses identified and prioritised community needs; and
4. justify the selection of health promotion strategies drawing on the diverse range of social, cultural, political, and economic factors that influence the community.
Element 2: Research and Evidence
5. Critically appraise the evidence available to support the health promotion project; and
6. devise an evidence-based project in collaboration with the community.
Element 3: Healthcare in context
7. Demonstrate reflexivity and insight when discussing factors that influence the ongoing health disparities of indigenous peoples in this country, including history, cultural development and the impact of colonisation in Australia and the wellness of the community; and
8. creatively and critically think, discuss and write about the local, regional, national and global ramifications of health care issues.
On completion of this subject, students will have had the opportunity to develop the skills associated with:
- reading and interpreting text related to the determinants of a well society and the economic, political, psychological, social and cultural factors that contribute to the development and persistence of health and illness
- thinking innovatively about how health workers can contribute to the community
- working with others to understand the principles of efficient and equitable allocation and use of finite resources in healthcare systems
- improving personal commitment and skills to contribute to the resolution of health inequities locally
Last updated: 6 December 2019