Responding to Women in Primary Care

Subject 585-892 (2009)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2009. Search for this in the current handbook

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

This subject is not offered in 2009.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2-day orientation session at commencement of course
Total Time Commitment: Not available

To be undertaken in conjunction with 585-891: Significant Issues in Women's Health

Corequisites: None
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 utilises a woman centred evidence based approach to the management of women’s health. It focuses specifically on emotional well-being, body image, sexuality, reproductive and maternal health, the menopause and other conditions specific to women across their lifecycle. It aims to encourage students to support women in making informed choices about their own well being, including accessing conventional and complementary therapies.


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

  • Discuss the management of common issues in primary care (depression, anxiety, eating disorders, partner abuse, sexual issues, contraception, antenatal care and menopause)
  • Use effective women centred skills to explain the management of these conditions to women
  • Critically appraise information about management of these issues
  • Choose and carry out appropriate management for an individual woman
  • Utilise a psycho-social approach with all women
  • Be aware of their own beliefs and attitudes towards women from minority groups including cultural minorities, women with disabilities and lesbian women.
  • 1,500 word written assignment due mid-semester (30%)
  • 1,000 word written assignment due end of semester (20%)
  • Two 1 minute patient interviews due end of semester (50%)
  • Reflective task during semester (pass/fail hurdle requirement)
  • Attendance at orientation session (pass/fail hurdle requirement)

Students must achieve a cumulative mark of at least 50% and 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.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

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

  • enhanced critical thinking skillsfurther 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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