5 x 15-hour independent studies per semester
4 x 4-hour on-line exercises per semester
7 x 1-hour on-line lectures per semester
4 x 1-hour on-line tutorials per semester
Enrolment not permitted
1 of PHCA8501, PHCA8514 has been successfully completed
Assignment(s); Tests.
Topic description

This topic aims to help the student understand the roles played by public health and primary health care practitioners in acting for change on the social determinants of health. It aims to enhance the students' ability to fulfil such roles competently and effectively. By the end of this topic, students should be better able to: analyse and critique initiatives for change undertaken by individuals, groups or organisations; address the tasks required in program planning; and understand the relevance of contemporary approaches to public health and primary health care.

Educational aims

This topic aims to enable students to develop their capacity to apply an understanding of the social determinants of health to practicing primary health care in a range of settings. This topic focuses on the practice of working with individuals, groups and communities to bring about change in order to improve health and wellbeing. It provides opportunities for students to acquire knowledge about theories and concepts associated with power and empowerment and their critiques, examine and analyse frameworks used by practitioners to bring about change and appraise examples of practice that employ such frameworks.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Discuss critically theories of 'power' and 'empowerment' inherent in primary health care approaches concerned with bringing about change for individuals, groups and communities
  2. Identify models of primary health care practice that employ the concept of empowerment and their critiques
  3. Analyse examples of practice in terms of the ways in which they apply critically and effectively the theories and concepts associated with empowerment
  4. Demonstrate a practical knowledge of the range of skills required in applying frameworks for bringing about change in community settings

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.