It is widely acknowledged that the health workforce in Australia is under tremendous pressure because of an ageing population, growth in chronic disease and increased community expectations. It is essential to build capacity by delivering more professionals more quickly and efficiently and boosting productivity with new workforce models that maximise the skills and flexibility of all health professionals across the entire workforce. Who are our existing health professionals? What is their training and where do they work? How do they interact with each other? This unit examines these questions as a basis for assisting students locate their study of health sciences and plan their career within the contemporary health workforce.

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On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Discuss contemporary trends which influence the practice of health professionals;  
  2. Explain the nature of various health professions and identify likely work settings;  
  3. Articulate and demonstrate knowledge and skills implicit in the notion of inter-professional practice;  
  4. Locate and explore career options for their disciplinary studies in health science.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Journal e-Portfolio Reflection (500 words) 30%
Journal e-Portfolio Strategies for future learning (500 words) 30%
Presentation e-Portfolio Career Options (1000 words equivalent) 40%

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