Significant Issues in Women's Health

Subject 585-891 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Distance education
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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2-day orientation session at commencement of course
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: None

Must be undertaken in conjunction with 585-892: Responding to Women in Primary Care

Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: Students are required to have access to a computer with e-mail application and a web browser. Technical support is not available from the University of Melbourne in setting up such a system.
Subject Overview:

This subject addresses the impact of significant milestones across the lifecycle on women’s well-being and sense of self. It includes issues from adolescence, the childbearing years and parenting, the middle years, menopause and after. It aims to engender knowledge of the issues that impact on women’s health including depression and other mood disorders, body image, sexuality, abuse, work and family and aspects of loss and grief.


At the completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Describe the impact of socio-psychological factors on women’s health and well-being
  • Critically discuss the impact of women’s roles and responsibilities on their health and well-being
  • Explain how significant biological milestones in a woman’s life affect her health and well-being
  • Discuss the health challenges faced by women from minority groups, including cultural minorities, women with disabilities and lesbian women.
  • 1,500-word written assignment due mid semester (30%)
  • 2000 word assignment covering all key aspects of the subject (40%)
  • Preparation of a presentation including all materials equivalent to1500 words (30%)
  • Reflective journal due end of semester (pass/fail hurdle requirement)
  • Attendance at orientation session Pass/fail hurdle requirement

Students must achieve a cumulative mark of at least 50% and a pass in the hurdle requirement in order to pass the subject.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

At the completion of this subject, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • enhanced critical thinking skills
  • further developed written and oral communication skills
  • further developed skills working in a multidisciplinary time
Related Course(s): Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Care Nursing

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