CRS4100419 Associate Degree in Primary Health and Wellbeing

Course Duration: 2 years full-time or part time equivalent.
Pathways: TBA
Location: TAFE SA City campus   Google Location Pin
Available to Domestic and International students

Purpose of this course:

The primary goal of the Associate Degree in Primary Health and Wellbeing is to graduate students who are able to work autonomously and in consultation and collaboration with other professionals and community representatives in a variety of primary health settings.

Through contemporary teaching and learning approaches, this multidisciplinary program will prepare the graduate for a role within primary health, irrespective of their discipline background and career aspirations.

Existing workers in the health industry may undertake individual subjects as professional development.

Course Outcomes: 

The Associate Degree in Primary Health and Wellbeing develops the knowledge, skills and personal attributes for graduates to work as allied health professionals within the primary health and wellbeing sector.

Specifically graduates will:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of primary health and wellbeing as a model of care regionally, nationally and internationally
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the structure and organisation of the Australian Health Care System, including how policy and social trends influence models of care
  3. Outline the behavioural, social, economic and political factors that impact on a consumer’s (individual, family, community) health, well- being and quality of life and a response through health promotion and primary health principles in practice
  4. Describe how the planning, implementation and evaluation of community development programs occurs and explain how allied health professionals can incorporate these principles into practice
  5. Appraise and utilise evidence-based research to inform practice
  6. Demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills to plan and
  7. execute a research based capstone experience

    Graduates will be equipped to:
      1. Maintain safe, competent and ethical primary health practice
      2. Draw on primary health and wellbeing knowledge and skills and apply these to practice
      3. Demonstrate the ability to liaise and collaborate with consumers (individual, family, community) and other workers about primary health and wellbeing issues to ensure the integration of health promotion and primary health in practice
      4. Exhibit a strong focus in health promotion, primary health and wellbeing knowledge and skills in care delivery, including the ability to critically reflect on personal and professional practice
      5. Apply an established structure for working with consumers to enhance their health, wellbeing and quality of life
      6. Apply leadership in primary health by providing direction and coordination in primary health settings
      7. Be a lifelong learner who is responsible and accountable for professional knowledge, practice and ongoing professional development.
      8. Develop a relationship with consumers (individual, family, community) in primary health settings that is built on trust and respect
      9. Demonstrate primary health care that is mindful of cultural and social differences
      10. Be resilient and work collaboratively with other workers or professionals

      Major subject areas of focus in the associate degree

      • Health issues & policy
      • Determinants of health & wellbeing
      • Community wellbeing & development 
      • Culture, community safety & wellbeing
      • Education to enhance health & wellbeing
      • Health promotion in primary health
      • Law and ethics in primary health
      • Leadership in primary health
      • Research & evidence for primary health
      • Building personal & professional resilience
      • Primary health & wellbeing capstone project

      Entry Requirements:

      To be eligible for selection, applicants are required to:

      •   Qualify for the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) or equivalent, and obtain a minimum Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 60, or an International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points


      •   Hold any Health, Youth, Community, or Lifestyle related qualification at Certificate III or above


      •   Have completed at least one year (full time equivalent) of a recognised higher education program at a university or recognised higher education provider


      •   Achieved a minimum score of 140 in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

      English language entry requirements

      International applicants are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English with an Academic IELTS score of 6.0 overall with minimum of 6.0 in all bands or equivalent.

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