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NURS20161 Contemporary Australian Healthcare
Contemporary Australian Healthcare
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General Information


This unit will provide you with the knowledge of the health and healthcare needs of a range of people within Australia’s culturally diverse society with an emphasis on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health perspectives. You will review contemporary models of health services used to provide healthcare to populations in urban, rural and remote locations. You will explore the social determinants of health by analysing health conditions and the provision of quality and culturally safe health care. The role of the government will also be analysed in terms of the provision of health care. You will use your judgement in a range of simulated scenarios across these contextual factors in order to contribute to meaningful and responsive care.


Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 8
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 7
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Must be enrolled in CH79 Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Re-Entry)Co-requisite: NURS20160 

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2023


Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Portfolio
Weighting: 50%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Moodle


Group Accountability Study (GAS) groups could be allocated as time slots rather than set groups and people can join when they are able. This may give a greater diversity of thought to the groups.


Students need assistance allocating themselves to study groups. The unit coordinator could help students by suggesting study group time slots. This may work better in Teams than on Moodle.

Feedback from Moodle


More coverage of cultural safety and how to practically implement it into practice. Introducing it earlier than week 10 would be more helpful for the assignment due in week 11 that has a large focus on cultural safety. This felt rushed in at the last week but was a large chunk of the final assignment.


The cultural safety content should be moved forward so that it aligns with the assessment piece.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Analyse the role of government in the provision of healthcare in Australia
  2. Research and assess the impact of the social determinants of health on common health conditions
  3. Apply a process of cultural safety to a range of scenarios with particular consideration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people of other cultures
  4. Compare and contrast nursing roles in the contemporary models of healthcare used in Australia.

Standard 1: Thinks critically and analyses nursing practice

1.2 develops practice through reflection on experiences, knowledge, actions, feelings and beliefs to identify how these shape practice

1.3 respects all cultures and experiences, which includes responding to the role of family and community that underpin the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people of other cultures

Standard 2: Engages in therapeutic and professional relationships

2.2 communicates effectively, and is respectful of a person’s dignity, culture, values, beliefs and rights

2.3 recognises that people are the experts in the experience of their life

2.4 provides support and directs people to resources to optimise health-related decisions

2.5 advocates on behalf of people in a manner that respects the person’s autonomy and legal capacity

Standard 6: Provides safe, appropriate and responsive quality nursing practice

6.5 practises in accordance with relevant policies, guidelines, standards, regulations and legislation

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Portfolio - 50%
2 - Written Assessment - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
8 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Portfolio - 50%
2 - Written Assessment - 50%
Textbooks and Resources


There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Laptop/Computer
  • Microsoft Teams (both microphone and webcam capability)
Academic Integrity Statement

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