This topic introduces the student to knowledge and attributes required for competent, confident, and accountable inter-professional Remote and Indigenous health practice using the globally recognised framework for Primary Health Care as the central theme. Students are provided with an opportunity to reflect on the factors that influence delivery of health services to remote areas locally, nationally and internationally. Factors explored include: social determinants of health; geographical, historical and political influences on health services; and public health issues. Community development, health literacy and health promotion initiatives are contextualized to the unique environmental and cultural context of Remote and Indigenous Health practice. Students are expected to read widely and examine the construction of their own values and beliefs. Examples of partnerships with Indigenous people, which implement the principles of Primary Health Care, are explored. Students are expected to apply principles underpinning these examples to their own practice.
This topic aims to apply the principles of a Primary Health Care framework and to develop an understanding of the social determinants of health in order to identify issues that affect health care services and delivery for remote and Indigenous people.