CHP102 Primary Health Care (8)

Students will develop an understanding of Primary Health Care. Students will examine and identify the links between our environment and health status; factors influencing health and health behaviour; and the principles and practice of health improvement. Students will explore the role of the Indigenous Health Worker as described in the Declaration of Alma Ata (1978) and strategies for best implementing Primary health Care in Indigenous communities.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2019.

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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • identify the distribution of health/related states of individuals and groups in the Australian context focusing on rural and Indigenous issues and identify implications for nursing practice and health care
  • discuss major factors influencing health care provision eg. costs, medical technology, changes in society's need and expectations, the 'new' epidemics
  • discuss the concepts of primary health care and health improvement
  • describe the nurses role in primary health care
  • discuss community development in primary health care
  • identify levels of prevention and discuss their relationship to health improvement/promotion
  • discuss the role of health improvement/promotion in optimising the health of the individual and the community
  • discuss the use of health information in primary health care and the impact on health outcomes
  • examine modes of health promotion and education
  • integrate principles of health improvement/promotion in assessing, designing and planing, implementing and evaluating an effective program in the community and health care facility for people with disabilities and the Indigenous and nonIndigenous populations


This subject will cover the following topics:

* rural and remote health care delivery * factors influencing health care provision eg. costs, medical technology, changes in society's need and expectations, the 'new' epidemics * factors affecting health status of Australians eg. culture, ethnicity, geographic location, socioeconomic and political influences * factors influencing an individual's health behaviour * alternative approaches to traditional western provisions of health care * the concept of primary health care, including the availability and distribution of resources; health status, including the social, cultural, economic, biological and environmental factors which influence health * demography and epidemiology * healthy environment * community development * health promotion and education in primary health care * needs assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of a program in the community * primary health care initiatives in community and hospitals * group facilitation in promoting health * health screening in a variety settings eg. BP, blood glucose * principles of health promotion in teaching patients skills to promote self-care and self-management * the role of the media in primary health care

Residential School

This subject contains a 6 day Compulsory Residential School.Residentials will provide students with intensive support with lectures and tutorials providing the studends with enough support to achieve satisfactory subject performance outcomes.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2019 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: September 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.