Course Title: Work with the community to identify health needs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: OHTH5735C

Course Title: Work with the community to identify health needs

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6119 - Advanced Diploma of Oral Health (Dental Hygiene)

Course Contact : Eleanor Schroeder

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 93411412

Course Contact Email:eleanor.schroeder@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Eleanor Schroeder

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

N/A

Course Description

This unit develops the skills necessary to assist particular populations/subgroups of interest/ communities to define and assess their health needs.
It develops the ability to carefully work with them to examine the problem being targeted and to understand how and why it occurs
The results from the needs assessment guides the design, planning and evaluation of population health projects or interventions.
There are two stages in health needs assessment:
• The first relates to the task of identifying and prioritising health problems
• The second relates to translating these national goals into concrete action within local communities
The first stage of needs assessment often lies in the hands of health policy makers and population health professionals
Results of this stage are documented in policy papers or legislation detailing national, state or local health goals and the mobilisation of allocated funds
Recognising that community is the centre of gravity for the promotion of health, the second stage ensures the relevance and appropriateness of programs and offers members of the community a chance to engage in the planning process.
 


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTPOP502C Work with the community to identify health needs

Element:

1. Conduct a literature review

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Clearly identify health problem and target group being addressed
1.2 Identify and access relevant sources of data
1.3 Use the literature review to reveal the established causes of the health problem, other intervention programs that have been conducted to address the health problem and general information about the target group
1.4 Critically appraise information accessed through literature review
in terms of reliability and applicability

Element:

3. Investigate the health problem as it occurs and is perceived within the community

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify appropriate means of consulting the target group regarding the health problem, its causes and appropriate interventions/solutions
3.2 Implement means of consultation with target group and experts using allocated resources and according to organisation procedures and ethical considerations
3.3 Document results of consultation in a manner useful to planning, evaluating and duplicating interventions and according to organisation procedures and ethical considerations

Element:

4. Work with the community to identify and define their health needs

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Clearly identify factors contributing to the health problem on the basis of findings from the literature review and other data collected and discuss with the community
4.2 Sort out, in a logical manner, factors that identify causal pathways
defining health needs and discuss with the community
4.3 Recommend activities that would build the capacity of the community to identify their health needs to relevant stakeholders

Element:

2. Collect other relevant data to further define target group

Performance Criteria:

2.1Identify relevant types of data required to further define target group
2.2 Collect required data that cannot be obtained through a literature search, according to organisation procedures and ethical considerations
2.3 Document description of target group in a manner that would provide sufficient information for purposes of evaluation and for examination of those considering duplicating interventions


Learning Outcomes


On completion of this unit you will have developed the skills necessary to assist particular populations/subgroups of interest/ communities to define and assess their health needs. It develops the ability to carefully work with them to examine the problem being targeted and to understand how and why it occurs.

 


Details of Learning Activities

These will include lectures, class discussions, online activities and a guest presentation


Teaching Schedule

DateTopic Assessment
13th MarchWhat is health? Target population groups. Social & health determinants Australian population health. National health priorities  Task 1 & 2 issued, discussed
23rd MarchTerminology Population health organisations International charters What is health & wellbeing: Barriers to health Task 1 due
30th MarchOnline activity:Prescribed readings: Target groups /health determinants Equity issues in population health  
13th AprilLiterature review task issued to take to tomorrow’s class Topic focus: Identify a health issue within a target group, causes of the health problem & interventions Task 3 issued
17th AprilGuest presenter Catherine Carboon on "The Sun smiles project"  
20th AprilOnline activity:Prescribed readings: Population health and the Australian context National, state, local health policy, targets and priorities Linking international charters to research and health policy  
22nd April group task on an Australian health promotion activity to a target population group & the evidence behind the message Task 2 Oral presentations :
23rd AprilPopulation health and the Australian context Evidence –based practice in Australia National preventive health research strategy  
27th April-Online activity Prescribed readings: Theory and practice of population health: design, planning and evaluation of population health interventions Methodologies in data collection  
 4th May Online: Project available on blackboard  
 5th May Final class Overview of stages in population health project planning Defining health needs of the community Project discussed  Task 3 due
 8th MayUndertake the project activities. Tutor available via appointment to review activities and draft report.  
 12th MayUndertake the project activities. Tutor available via appointment to review activities and draft report.  
 15th May Undertake the project activities. Tutor available via appointment to review activities and draft report.  
 26th MayUndertake the project activities. Tutor available via appointment to review activities and draft report.  
 16th June Written report on project due  ORAL presentation on project
    
    
    


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

A complete book list will be provided during Orientation and available on Blackboard


References


Other Resources

A range of additional resources and references will be provided through My Studies on Blackboard.


Overview of Assessment

.Assessment will include a Literature review, oral presentation and Group Project.


Assessment Tasks

Task 1 Interview with two people and report 23rd March

Task 2 Class Oral presentations to student cohort: Oral health promotion activities in Australia 22nd April

Task 3 Literature review NOTE: Co-assessed with TAFEDH002 Due 5th May

Task 4 Major group project Final report and presentation 16th June


Assessment Matrix

This is available on Blackboard

Other Information

Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension (see below) will not be corrected.

• APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSESSABLE WORK - A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date. They must lodge the application form (available http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/extension) at least 24 hours before the due date. The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 3 of Dental Hospital. Students requiring longer extensions must apply for SPECIAL CONSIDERATION.

• For missed assessments such as exams- you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged online with supporting evidence prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students/specialconsideration

Assignmenst will be marked as Satisfactory/Not satisfactory.
Students may be given the opportunity to resubmit the assignment if this is requested by the teacher and approved by the co-ordinator.
Students are required to achieve a Pass grade in all tasks to achieve Competence for this course
 

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