NURS20163 - Australian Identity and Nursing Care

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will gain knowledge of Australia’s geographic and cultural diversity and the impact of these on the nation’s healthcare needs and health service delivery. You will review contemporary models of health services used to provide healthcare to populations in urban, rural and remote locations. The government's role in the provision of healthcare will be explored. You will analyse the social determinants of health by exploring colonisation, health inequity and culturally safe and equitable access to health care.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Must be enrolled in CL02 Graduate Certificate in Nursing (International 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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2022

Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Mixed Mode

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Portfolio 50%
2. Portfolio 50%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 65.45% response rate.

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.

Source: Feedback by student.
The students found the Unit to be important and interesting.
The student found this Unit to be important. Study topics, such as internal bias and privilege, encouraged students to examine themselves and their own culture and consider how that would affect the way in which they delivered care.
Action Taken
Privilege, bias and culture are core concepts taught in the course. In Term 3, 2019, students will use the Everyday Racism App to complete an assessment activity. This medium-fidelity virtual reality activity encourages students to consider bias, privilege and culture through someone else's shoes.
Source: Unit Evaluation Report
"I like the way the lectures were laid out for the students in moodle but I think the time needed to complete each module with lots of readings on it before the assessment's deadline is not enough. I maybe reading slowly than what I should do and this is my first time studying course online."
Reconsider the number of readings required in the unit. Create a schedule that outlines the unit activities and time to complete the activity.
Action Taken
Source: Unit Evaluation Report Classroom discussions
Students wanted more lecture time to go through activities and theory.
Increase the lecture time from 1hr to 2 hrs. Introduce study groups so that students can learn from one another.
Action Taken
Source: Unit Evaluation Report
While the content was heavy, the teaching staff presented it in a way that was easy to learn.
Continue with constructive alignment approach. Continue with consolidation activities which are aligned to lectures and the assignment. Compliment the teaching approach with study groups.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Explore how Australia’s cultural and geographic diversity impacts on health and healthcare provision
  2. Apply a process of cultural safety with particular consideration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  3. Analyse the role of government in the provision of healthcare in Australia
  4. Evaluate nursing roles in contemporary models of healthcare used in Australia

The unit learning outcomes are linked to the following Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia's 'Registered Nurses

Standards for Practice':

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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Portfolio
2 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
2 - Portfolio
1 - Portfolio