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Foundational perspectives of women’s health

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This unit of study explores the position and role of women from sociological, psychological and political perspectives. By reviewing the issues concerning the position of women, feminism (including the historical and current views) and the discourses surrounding women’s health, the student will have the opportunity to examine issues of access and equity for specific groups of women including women from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Foundational perspectives of women’s health

Unit of study code



Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Care Nursing

PG Single Unit of Study






Tier 2

Prescribed text: Nil

Co-ordinated by: Maria Baric



Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program


After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-

Assessment Tasks

Type of assessment

Not the completed assessment item. E.g. Assessment 1. Online discussion 


(% of total marks)

When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: Women and society

a) Review the literature on the historical and current view of the position of women in society

Assessment 1 Online discussions x 2


3, 8

Theme 2: Philosophies surrounding women’s health

b) Identify issues that may affect access and equity for women including specific groups of women

Assessment 2 Essay (2000 words)




Theme 3: Women’s health policy

c) Demonstrate an understanding of the social, political, cultural and environmental determinants that impact on women’s health

Assessment 3 Guided case analysis (3000 words)



Theme 4: Health concerns for specific groups of women

d) Explore and interpret mental health issues that can affect women across the lifespan




Theme 5: Women and violence

e) Identify health concerns for specific groups of women including those with a disability




Theme 6: Women’s mental health issues

f) Examine the issues of sexuality and body image across the lifespan




Theme 7: Women and substance abuse





Theme 8: Women and disabilities





Theme 9: Sexuality and self-image





Units commencing or have commenced in 2017

Tier 1$2,035
Tier 2$2,345
Tier 3$2,725
Tier 4$3,275

Units commencing in 2018

Tier 1$2,100
Tier 2$2,420
Tier 3$2,800
Tier 4$3,375

*Fees are subject to change without notice.