Youth Health in Primary Care

Subject GENP90015 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught online/distance.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Distance education

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 4 hours face-to-face workshop
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours




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Non Allowed Subjects:


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.

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.
It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit:


Assoc Prof Lena Sanci


Bernie Cooper
Subject Overview:

This subject will provide a theoretical framework for understanding young people’s development and their health needs, health risk screening and assessment and brief intervention strategies for mild health risk behaviour. The linkage role of the practice nurse will also be covered including multidisciplinary care of high-risk youth with other local youth agencies. Medico-legal aspects of care with younger adolescents and helping the general practice be youth friendly will also be covered along with strategies for communicating with parents and adolescents.


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

  • Understand the developmental perspective of young people.
  • Understand the major health issues facing youth today.
  • Communicate effectively with young people including about their health service rights such as confidentiality.
  • Conduct a psychosocial health risk screen of young people and assess risk status.
  • Provide relevant brief intervention or referral plans for more complex problems.
  • Patient interview 20 minutes due end of semester (50%)
  • Audit of health risk screening with 10 young people and reflections due end of semester (50%)
  • Attendance at compulsory communication skills workshop (pass/fail hurdle requirement)

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

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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 skills
  • further enhanced clinical skills
  • further developed written and oral communication skills
Related Course(s): Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Care Nursing
Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Care Nursing

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