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This first integrated professional practice unit will assist you to develop an understanding of how health determinants and population diversity impact health service delivery and develop skills in applying consumer based primary health care strategies. This unit provides supervised and supported professional practice experience to develop and apply coursework learning with a focus on primary health care principles and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' and communities. This unit requires students to complete 104 hours of supernumerary integrated professional practice.
This unit provides supervised and supported professional practice experience to develop and apply coursework learning. This integrated professional practice unit focuses on the development of knowledge and skills in comprehensive health assessment, with a particular focus on primary health care principles and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' and communities.
This unit builds on and applies knowledge and skills gained in four previously completed units: NSN431 Transforming Service, NSN433 The Science of Health Assessment, NSN430 The Science of Pharmacology and NSN432 Pharmacological and Non-pharmacological Therapeutics.
The aim of this integrated professional practice unit is to develop your understanding of how health determinants and population diversity impact health service delivery and to develop your skills in applying consumer based primary health care strategies.
Successful completion of this unit requires you to provide evidence of the ability to:
1. Apply knowledge of primary health care principles to analyse and evaluate a health service model considering and prioritising key influences and determinants of health including social and economic factors;
2. Develop a systematic framework to optimise approaches to holistic consumer health assessment;
3. Collaborate with consumers and a range of health professionals using person-centred, culturally safe practice approaches and knowledge of the healthcare environment;
4. Apply advanced written and oral presentation skills to record and present comprehensive clinical practice reviews and case studies;
5. Critically reflect on your professional practice experience and draw on relevant literature to identify and justify areas for self-development and practice improvement opportunities.
Content in this professional practice unit focuses on developing the knowledge and skills of the principles of primary health care and apply this learning to your usual area of practice.
· Module 1: Primary health care principles and context;
· Module 2: Preparation for integrated professional practice (organisational culture, use of digital health records, collaboration, communication, negotiation, case reviews);
· Module 3: Introduction to Portfolio creation (evidencing consumer case management);
· Module 4: Professional presentation skills (QUT creative industries).
This is an integrated professional practice unit comprised of two parts with a total of 104 hours of clinical placement across your usual workplace and a negotiated primary health care setting.
Part 1 - 40 hours (e.g. 5 weeks at one day per week) in a primary health care setting (not your usual workplace), where possible the particular context should be an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community health service. The Part 1 professional placement will be supervised by an appropriately-qualified community-based, primary-care clinician or nurse practitioner. You will have the opportunity to observe clinical decision-making in primary health care.
Part 2 - 64 hours (e.g. 8 weeks at one day per week) in your usual workplace. The focus of this professional practice is to develop your knowledge and skills to conduct consumer health assessments.
Part 2 Professional placement will be supervised by your usual clinical support team members.
During the professional placement, you will have the opportunity to develop team functioning skills, become a responsive practitioner through evaluating service provision and initiating ongoing quality improvements to meet consumer needs. Under appropriate supervision you will conduct clinical practice reviews on your management of cases which represent a typical consumer. These reviews, which are the formal mechanism for teaching and learning in this unit, will be held weekly. The practice reviews will draw upon documented care in the medical record, observation of practice and your case reporting. Additionally, you will communicate weekly with your university-appointed nurse practitioner mentor for feedback.
Throughout your integrated professional practice you will continue to develop reflective practitioner skills through activities that include online modules and maintaining an online portfolio.
QUT is committed to maintaining high academic standards to protect the value of its qualifications. To assist you in assuring the academic integrity of your assessment you are encouraged to make use of the support materials and services available to help you consider and check your assessment items. Important information about the university's approach to academic integrity of assessment is on your unit Blackboard site.
A breach of academic integrity is regarded as Student Misconduct and can lead to the imposition of penalties.
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Declaration of Alma-Ata International Conference on Primary Health Care, Alma-Ata, USSR, 6-12 September 1978.
Department of Health, Australian Government. (2015). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Curriculum Framework. Available from health-curriculum-framework
Starfield, B. (2011). The hidden inequity in health care. International Journal for Equity in Health, 10(1), 15-15.
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Chatswood, NSW: Churchill-Livingstone/Elsevier (ISBN 9780729541114).
As a student undertaking this unit you are required to be working in your nominated clinical speciality area. As such, you will be exposed to risks encountered in the practice of nursing. Students undertaking workplace-based professional practice experience or clinical placement are required to follow the same health safety guidelines that apply to all staff in the workplace. In addition, measures to control exposure to risks include: