The Graduate Certificate aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to incorporate the principles of primary health care into specific fields of practice in order to reduce inequalities in health care access and health outcomes.
In Australia, these principles include:
maximising consumer and community participation to enable individuals and communities to be better informed and to be involved in health care decisions;
encouraging partnerships between health and non-health sectors to ensure full use of resources;
fostering self-management and self-reliance to increase knowledge, skills and confidence in individuals, groups and communities; and
promoting health and disease prevention to attain and sustain good health and well-being.
Students completing the Graduate Certificate should be able to:
analyse theoretical concepts relevant to the determinants of health and well-being;
understand the relevance of models of primary health care in a range of real world and workplace problems; and
appreciate the benefits of multi-disciplinary approaches in health and human services to promoting and improving health.
apply primary health care strategies aimed at improving health in developing countries.