Bachelor of Health
and Community Services
All subjects are 12.5 Credit points
This subject introduces students to the planning and delivery of community care services. Key aspects and social determinants of health and wellness are examined in urban, rural, regional and global contexts. It also examines the principal methodologies used to assess and promote community health and well-being including: multidisciplinary care, inclusivity, indigenous health, and communities of practice and place.
This subject examines the structure, history and functionality of the Australian health system in global contexts. It investigates policies, funding and delivery models, as well as their associated political/philosophical perspectives. It analyses both government and non-government service outcomes, challenges and costs. It also examines responses to health risks and preventative health.
This subject introduces students to the study and application of ethics and bioethics relevant to healthcare workers. It examines ethical issues in relation to individuals, contemporary society, institutional policies and the law within the healthcare and community services context. Students analyse case studies and examine ethics applicable to the community services workplace. They reflect on their own ethical and moral positions and beliefs toward developing and understanding appropriate professional practice behaviours. In addition, this subject studies the impact of disparities in service delivery in local and global contexts.
This subject introduces the history and principle theories of psychology. It examines the structure and function of the nervous system, the major brain regions involved in the foundational principles of psychology as well as relevant mental processes
This subject introduces students to the framework of social science research and the importance of developing an evidenced based approach to professional practice in the community sector.
Fundamental research skills examined include literature reviews, (using databases), statistical analysis, the critical appraisal of research findings, ethics, outcome measures and the dissemination of research. These skills will be further developed in Statistics and Research Methodologies (HCS204).
This subject examines the links between the environment and health with a particular focus on the workplace. It examines workplace environmental health from the industrial revolution to today. Emerging environmental health issues are also discussed with reference to five areas: environmental justice, susceptible groups, scientific advances, global change and sustainability.
The subject introduces the approaches, theories and concepts of counselling in the community services sector. Knowledge and skills obtained will be applied in the Industry Work Placement components of the course. It will also examine the ethics and boundaries required when counselling in the community services sector.
This subject introduces students to the causes, presentation and treatment plans for ill health and disability presenting in people that require community services. Key areas include an introduction to genetics and inheritance, neurological conditions including dementia and spinal cord injury, degenerative conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and renal failure.
Cardiac and respiratory health and disease are also studied along with oral health and nutrition. Immunity and microbiology is introduced in the context of infection control requirements needed in a covid-19 safe environment.
All subjects are 12.5 Credit points
This subject examines Australia’s social welfare system and support programs. It investigates the underlying sociological theories and perspectives in historical context.
This subject examines issues related to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians. It provides the knowledge and skills required for students to build cultural awareness and the capacity to work as culturally safe community service professionals.
It examines colonisation, historic and contemporary legislation, policies and societal practices in relation to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians in global contexts. It also examines access to community services throughout Australia and Indigenous community initiatives aimed at influencing government legislation, policies and practices.
This subject builds on HCS105 Research in Community Services. It further examines methodologies used to describe, monitor and examine community issues at a population level. It also examines how to evaluate outcomes at the community level. It further details statistical methods used to describe, summarise and analyse data at a community level, as well as how to design, conduct and interpret the results of community and health related research.
Students will further develop their skills in: survey design using statistical packages, qualitative methodologies, the social aspects of research and health program evaluation.
This subject introduces students to contemporary and historical sociological concepts and perspectives including C Wright-Mill’s notion of the ‘sociological imagination’.
Students reflect on their own positioning as they critically examine gender, the family, class, social equity and change in historical and global contexts. The impact of concepts of individualism and the collective on social institutions is examined to understand dynamics of power and conflict in contemporary human society.
This subject investigates the complex and dynamic interrelationships between people who have a disability, society and service provision. It examines national frameworks, legislation, service provision and their underlying philosophies. Disability is viewed from individual, family, social, national and international perspectives. It discusses medical and societal ‘models of disability’, inclusivity and the impact of varying attitudes toward people with a disability.
This subject examines challenges to mental well-being that can occur throughout the lifespan and analyses strategies for enhancing and promoting positive lifelong mental well-being. It distinguishes mental well-being from mental illness, examines the stigma of mental illness and the impact on families and communities of living with someone suffering from mental illness. Integrated mental illness care and recovery strategies are also investigated.
Professional Practice 1 provides students with the opportunity to work at an intermediate level in their chosen area of interest within community services. Students apply their knowledge and skills through participation in the daily activities and operations of the selected community services agency. They gain insights into: organisational practices and processes, service user issues, professional practice frameworks as well as client interventions and outcomes.
During placement, students undertake the duties and responsibilities of an intermediate level ‘student practitioner’ under the guidance of a placement supervisor from the host organisation. Attendance is recorded and by the placement supervisor and performance assessed against ACWA Work Practice Guidelines. Students are provided with pre-placement workshops and ongoing support from SCEI-HE liaison staff.
All subjects are 12.5 Credit points
This subject examines the policies and practices in the delivery of aged care services. It closely examines the impact on service delivery of policies related to health care, mental health, income security, housing, employment, education and recreation. It also critically examines ways in which aging is socially constructed and implication of this for older people.
This subject introduces a range of theoretical traditions that have shaped community development practice in historical contexts. It examines the use of social, economic, environmental and cultural perspectives to generate social change and community development. It also explores the role of councils and industry as well as social policy, community safety, social impact, social infrastructure, demographics and neighborhood renewal.
This subject examines the leadership and management skills required in the health and community services sector. Students also study self-management, project management, group effectiveness and organisation performance.
This subject examines sociological trends and perspectives on gender and family health in global contexts. The biology and socio-economic factors in the welfare of children, social determinants of child, foetal and pregnancy well-being will be discussed from a psychosocial perspective.
The main health issues facing adolescents, such as risky behaviour, weight management and mental illness are examined as well as current issues such as school bullying and decision making processes. Adult welfare issues, such as the links between lifestyle and cluster risk and issues facing those living in rural areas are discussed.
In addition, key health issues such as stress, mental health, workplace stress and environmental factors are examined. Concepts of ageing including positive ageing, the place of resilience and empowerment are also discussed.
This subject examines the contemporary policy, approaches and practices within child and family services in Australia from a primary health care and health promotion perspective. It incorporates child development, family processes, psycho-social and health issues in family life, cultural safety and wellbeing and child protection.
This subject examines the physiological, psychological, economic, social and cultural problems related to substance abuse. This includes behavioural addictions related to alcohol and drug abuse such as gambling, sex, exercise and food. The public health aspects of addiction will utilise current individual, group and community based approaches to prevention, intervention and the treatment of addiction.
This subject further explores research paradigms and methodologies used in health and community services. Students focus on the design and development of research proposals in contemporary public health or community welfare.
Professional Practice 2 builds on Professional Practice 1 providing students with opportunity to work in their chosen area of interest within health and community services at an advanced level.
Students apply their knowledge and skills through participation in the daily activities and operations of the selected community services agency. They gain further insights into: organisational practices and processes, service user issues, professional practice frameworks as well as client interventions and outcomes.
During placement, students undertake the duties and responsibilities of an advanced level ‘student practitioner’ under the guidance of a placement supervisor from the host organisation. Attendance is recorded and by the placement supervisor and performance assessed against ACWA Work Practice Guidelines. Students are provided with pre-placement workshops and ongoing support from SCEI-HE liaison staff.