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Special Topic - Mental and Public Health (CHI498)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: Y-internal
Description This unit is designed to enable students to complete the Public Health and Mental Health components of the chiropractic course without the need to repeat the nutrition components that they have already passed. This unit is solely designed for students who completed the CHI233 Applied Nutrition component of the B1274 course.
Unit Learning Outcomes ULO 1. Understand and remember the role that other health care professions may have in public health. Students will therefore be expected to be able to evaluate and apply the role of chiropractic care into public health broadly.
ULO 2. Understand and remember the history of public health
ULO3 Deminstrate an appreciation of the various areas of public health and their utility
ULO 4 Demonstrate an understanding of basic public health and epidemiological terms
ULO 5. Be able to assemble, retrieve, critique and synthesise information on pertinent public health questions.
ULO 6. Understand and evaluate the major psychological influences in human development and behaviour.
ULO 7. Understand and evaluate clinical situations where there may be possible psychological influences on current chiropractic patient presentations.
ULO 8. Remember and understand the most commonly presenting psychological disorders in chiropractic practice, and best-practice treatment for these disorders.
ULO 9. Understand and apply the appropriate screening instruments for the most commonly presenting psychological disorders to chiropractic practice.
ULO 10. Demonstrate the ability to make appropriate referral to mental health professionals based on an assessment.
ULO 11. Demonstrate effective clinical communication skills through a Motivational Interviewing framework
Timetabled Learning Activities Public health will comprise 24 1.5 hr lectures. Mental health will comprise 24 1.5 hr lectures/workshops.
Unit Learning Experiences Students will have guest lecturers to present both components of the unit. Group discussions will help to consolidate the learning.
Assessment Assessment will consist of one exam (45% ) and a workshop reflective assessment (15%) for the Mental Health component. The Public Health component will involve and a written assignment (30%) and lecture summaries ( 10% )
Prerequisites Have completed Years 1 - 3 of B1274 Chiropractic (BSc + BChiro)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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