MHP214 Primary Health Care: Community Development (8)

This subject examines the principles and practices of community development. It focuses on how to engage and work effectively with communities to build social capital and effective community programs that will assist in improving social and emotional well-being in families and communities. Students are introduced to the important concepts of equity, access, empowerment, community self determination and inter-agency collaboration as well as the social, economic, cultural and political determinants of health. Students undertaking this subject are expected to develop a proposal for a community development mental health program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in a primary health care context. Holistic health encompasses spirituality as well as the physical, social, and emotional wellbeing of the individual and community. This subject has a compulsory Residential School.

Subject Outlines
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* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MHP214. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able toexplain community development;
  • be able to discuss the characteristics of successful community development projects including program sustainability;
  • be able to discuss how equity, access, empowerment, social justice and community self determination and inter-agency collaboration might be achieved within a community development project;
  • be able to examine and discuss the social, economic, cultural and political determinants of health;
  • be able to apply the skills of group planning, problem solving and decision making through the development a proposal for a community development program.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1: The history of community development.
  • Module 2: What is community development?
  • Module 3: Equity, access, empowerment, social justice, community self determination and inter-agency collaboration.
  • Module 4: Social, economic, cultural and political determinants of health.
  • Module 5: Developing a community development proposal.
  • Module 6: Problem solving in community development.

Residential School

This subject contains a 2.66 day Compulsory Residential School.

  The students undertaking subjects within the Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health)  Djirruwang Program are supported in their study endeavours through DEEWR funding under Away from Base to attend the compulsory residential schools. This funding is set at 20 days across two academic sessions (30 and 60). The following breakdown covers the number of days per subject per session/year to ensure that students are able to continue to be supported in their academic pursuits under the current funding agreement with the Indigenous Student Services (Ngungilanna).

Second Year
Session One Session Two
MHP211  2 days MHP211  2 days
MHP214  2.66 days MHP209  2.66 days
MHP212 - 2.66 days MHP216  2.66 days
MHP213  2.66 days MHP213  2.66 days
Total 10 days Total 10 days
Across session 30 and 60 a total of 20 days, this meets the requirements for student support to attend residential schools from ISS.

Special Resources

This subject has a residential school


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.