The topic provides an introduction to critical social analysis of descriptive health statistics. Drawing on sociological theories of power, the topic provides an analytical framework for understanding patterns and risks of illness and disease in Australia. It provides an awareness of how certain groups in society are vulnerable in relation to health status. The topic is a cornerstone for students' understanding of the need for health care to be non-discriminatory and culturally safe. The topic combines analysis of qualitative and quantitative sources, demonstrating the importance of pairing evaluation of large-scale health data with simultaneous evaluation of how personal, social, political and institutional contexts shape health statistics. This equips students with the ability to comprehend the complexities of contemporary health issues. The topic prepares students for professional practice in health related fields by providing practical, applied examples of how power relations can impact on health. The topic focuses on the ways in which health care models and health care professionals are themselves embedded within power relations and therefore, fosters skills in critically reflective and transformative practice.
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