HNN772 - Healthcare in Low Resource/Complex Environments

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Year: 2019 unit information
Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125




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This unit addresses key issues confronting nurses and midwives working in the humanitarian aid sector. The unit is designed to prepare students in managing challenges they are likely to face when working in areas of armed conflict, post war contexts, and natural disaster areas. In drawing on cutting edge and evidenced knowledge in health, nursing, midwifery, psychological and sociological sciences, the unit introduces the students to managing the challenges of working within low resource and complex (LRCE) environments, clinical knowledge relevant to such environments, identifying and managing health and safety risks, assessing and evaluating resource poor systems, setting up and managing emergency response plans, dealing with the challenges of working in a wide variety of humanitarian context, self-care in high stress contexts, and returning home. It is expected that upon completion of the unit students will have the basic competencies required to work within LRCE contexts.

This unit covers comprehensive perspectives of Roles of Nurses and Midwives working in LRCE based on the International Nurses Council (ICN) Framework of Disaster Nursing Competencies. The unit builds on ICN’s four areas of competencies related to prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery/rehabilitation to disasters.


Assessment task 1: Written assignment (2000 words) 40%

Assessment task 2: Written assignment (3000 words) 60%

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