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HSBH5001: FHS Abroad

Cultural practices, disease patterns and healthcare systems are vastly different in different countries around the globe. This unit provides students with the opportunity to gain international experience in a virtual health services placement setting in a country with a developing economy. Students will participate in a 4 to 6 week health or care placement with a community¬ based organisation in South or Southeast Asia. As part of the unit, you will be expected to participate in local development programs and document and reflect on key health and development issues facing local populations. The unit will require you to demonstrate cultural sensitivity and an ability to adapt to new cultural environments, a capacity for critical reflection and awareness of complex global health and development issues.

Code HSBH5001
Academic unit Health Sciences
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate a basic understanding of the social underpinnings of global health, associated with well-being, human rights, and community participation of clients, whether individuals or groups
  • LO2. describe key health and development issues facing a particular developing country, and the roles various national and international, government and non-government organisations play in meeting local health needs
  • LO3. illustrate the capacity to reflect on the ethics of social responsibility and professional practice within a volunteer setting
  • LO4. adapt to the challenges of interacting and working in a different cultural environment
  • LO5. evaluate health or care programs currently operating in a specific local context, identifying strengths and weaknesses of existing approaches, and how to promote sustainability for ongoing community partnerships
  • LO6. engage in critical reflection, documenting and analysing experiences and practices from multiple perspectives, with the aim of identifying personal and professional gains from learning opportunities in this context.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.