HNN773 - Healthcare Management of Vulnerable Populations


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125



Must be enrolled in one of the following courses: A590, H522, H568, H569, H575, H645, H665, H666, H667, H668, H669, H672, H675, H771, H777.

Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 3 x 1 hour online seminars (recordings provided)


This unit focuses on specific clinical assessment strategies and tools to address health issues for vulnerable populations in areas of armed conflict, post war contexts, natural disaster areas and other low resource and complex environments. The unit will prepare students to assess and develop management strategies to care for vulnerable populations including women (who are pregnant or of childbearing age), children, people vulnerable to violence (including 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 to address key issues related to restoration of emergency and essential health services for trauma, infectious diseases, reproductive health (antenatal, postnatal and acute newborn care), chronic disease and emergency mental health.  The storage and distribution of life-saving and essential medicines and supplies; management of early warning surveillance and response systems for disease outbreak; protection of health assets, infection control in health care facilities including medical waste management and public risk communication will also be critically discussed.

This unit covers comprehensive perspectives of physical, psychological, cultural, social and environmental factors affecting people experiencing disaster and those in low resource complex environments.

The unit is guided by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) Framework of Disaster Nursing Competencies, the Sphere Health Standards, and evidence from organisations in the humanitarian sector, including WHO, Australasian Red Cross and Save the Children.

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