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Health promotion combines a range of activities directed at raising the health of individuals and populations. Broadly put, health promotion is based on the World Health Organization perspective that health is a complete state of physical, mental, social and spiritual wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Health promotion is not just concerned with education: rather it is concerned with developing people's physical, social, economic, domestic and work environments to support their health and wellbeing. Health promotion also emphasises developing the ability of people to influence and shape their own environments and health, especially when they act collectively.
Health promotion work placements provide undergraduate students,
university staff and field supervisors with the opportunity to work together
to develop the student’s capacity to undertake health promotion practice.
Host agencies also benefit from the work placement program as the tasks
completed by students often make significant contributions to the achievement
of key organisational goals.
Students must complete a total of 100 hours of practical field work in conjunction with a series of university workshops.
Placements are run over both University trimesters for third year health promotion students and can be undertaken throughout the trimester, on a staggered basis or condensed into a two-week block.
Students must be in their third year of the Health Promotion degree and have passed HSH201, Planning and Evaluation 1. Health Science students who are interested in undertaking HSH303 can only do so if agency opportunities are available. This situation changes each trimester and Health Science students must contact the unit chair to discuss availability.
Students do not need to be paid for work undertaken while on work placements. However, the School of Health and Social Development expects that if any costs are incurred in undertaking assigned work, then students would be appropriately reimbursed.