Patient and Health System 1 extend students' knowledge of the Australian healthcare system with an emphasis on the health professional services available to patients. Students consider determinants of health, building on students developing knowledge of health, illness and disease affecting the Australian public. Health enhancing and risk behaviours are related to common diseases and students will reflect on the role of various health professions in delivering healthcare to patients. Students explore the impact of psychosocial factors on health and consider ethical issues in practice.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Relate the health enhancing and health risk behaviours to common diseases in Australia;  
  2. Review the current approaches to health education, health promotion and disease prevention;  
  3. Reflect on psychosocial and environmental factors impacting health & well-being;  
  4. Debate the importance and relevance of ethical considerations for health practice; and  
  5. Apply the use of outcome measures for patient assessment.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Test 20%
Case Study Written report on identifying and managing risk factors and ethical issues in health-related practice 40%
Presentation Group presentation - Ethics in healthcare 40%
90% attendance is required at tutorial, practical and workshop classes in the osteopathic program as a requirement of the accreditation documentation. The tutorial and workshop activities in this unit are interactive and students are able to seek feedback from the tutor on meeting the learning outcomes and planning for assessment tasks.

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