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  • Objectives
    The Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to incorporate the principles of primary health care in order to reduce inequalities in health care access and health outcomes. In Australia these principles include: * maximising consumer and community participation to enable individuals and communities to be better informed and to be involved in health care decisions; * encouraging partnerships between health and non-health sectors to ensure full use of resources; * fostering self-management and self-reliance to increase knowledge, skills and confidence in individuals, groups and communities; and * promoting health and disease prevention to attain and sustain good health and well-being. Learning outcomes Graduates will have the ability to: * analyse theoretical concepts relevant to the determinants of health and well-being; * understand the relevance of models of primary health care in a range of real world and workplace problems; and * appreciate the benefits of multi-disciplinary approaches in health and human services to promoting and improving health.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification and have their candidature approved by the Faculty Board. However, the Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature. The Graduate Certificate articulates with the Master of Public Health program and credit is normally given for appropriate topics completed in the graduate certificates.
  • Academic Title
    Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care
  • Course description
     The Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care is an 18-unit program offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences on a Commonwealth Supported basis.

    The program can be undertaken full-time in one semester subject to availability of the relevant topics. It can also be undertaken part-time in two to four consecutive semesters.

    PROGRAM OF STUDY [November, 2008]

    To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care a student must complete 18 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.

    Core topic


    Social Determinants of Health and Well-being



    And two topics (12 units) from the following*:


    Public Health: Frameworks for Change



    Social Determinants of Indigenous Health



    Evaluation in Public Health



    Leadership and the New Public Health


    * With the permission of the Course Coordinator, students may be permitted to undertake other appropriate topics as electives.

    Except with permission of the Faculty Board:

        * the program must be completed within four consecutive semesters. A lesser period may be set for students granted credit for previous studies; and
        * no topic may be attempted more than twice.

    The award of a grade of Fail (F) in 18 units or more, or the award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion, may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University's Policy on Student Progress.

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