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This unit explores the data and current health issues related to women's health and critically evaluates health related policies, systems and practices in terms of their impact on women's health, internationally and in Australia. The social, economic, cultural and political influences on women's health, and the specific needs of sub-populations of women are examined.
The health of women has an impact on the health of families, children and the community. Women's health is therefore important to study because of its impact on the overall health of the population. Women's health status is influenced internationally and nationally by a complexity of factors. This advanced undergraduate unit will explore these factors and the contemporary health problems that women face.
The aims are to examine international and national contemporary women's health issues from a social, economic and political perspective and to study the health needs of specific groups of women. The unit complements studies in public health, social sciences, nursing and allied health.
Throughout all aspects of this unit sensitivity to and an understanding of cultural and gender-related issues will be demonstrated as appropriate. On completion of the learning in this unit, you should be able to:
Major topics include: Women's health status, social and economic policies and practices, analysis and evaluation of policies, theories of feminism, rural and ageing women, reproductive health, emotional and mental health, violence, effects of sex role stereotyping. Generic capabilities include: research, interpretation and synthesis, policy analysis, book review skills.
Lectures, tutorials, research seminars, online Blackboard site, self-directed learning, teamwork, community participation, and in-class discussion.
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.
Recommended ReadingsCommonwealth of Australia. (2009). Development of a New National Women's Health Policy - Consultation Discussion Paper 2009. Barton, ACT: Attorney-General's Department.(Available from: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/phd-women-consult-disc-paper)
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