HNN773 - Nursing and Midwifery Management of Vulnerable Populations in LRCE

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Year: 2019 unit information
Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125




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This unit focuses on specific clinical assessment strategies and tools to address health issues related to vulnerable populations in areas of armed conflict, post war contexts, and natural disaster areas. The unit is designed to prepare students to assess and develop management strategies to care for vulnerable populations in low resources and complex environments (LRCE) by introducing the complexities of working when caring for women who are pregnant or of childbearing age, children, people vulnerable to violence, and sexual or gender-based violence (SGBV), older people and people living with disabilities, mental illness and chronic diseases, such as HIV, heart-failure and diabetes. The unit builds on evidence based research in health, nursing, midwifery, psychological and sociological sciences to address key issues related to restoration of emergency and essential primary care and hospital health services for trauma, infectious diseases, reproductive health (especially safety in the care of childbearing women during labour, birth and the time after birth  and acute newborn care), continuity of treatment of chronic conditions, clinical assessment tools for emergency mental health, including psychosocial care and support; storage and distribution of life-saving and essential medicines and supplies; early warning surveillance and response system for disease outbreak; protection of health assets, infection control in health care facilities including medical waste management and public risk communication.

This unit covers comprehensive perspectives of physical, psychological, cultural, social and environmental factors affecting people experienced disasters. The unit is based on the ICN Framework for Disaster Nursing and evidenced knowledge and assessment tools developed by organisations in Humanitarian Assistance Sector, including WHO, Australasian Red Cross and Save the Children.


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

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

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