Option 5: Equity and Health

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This option module is concerned with the achievement of health for all and the actions necessary to realise this goal. In this module, students build upon their understanding of equity and social justice introduced in the core module Health Priorities in Australia. They examine the populations that experience health inequities and critically analyse social, cultural, economic and political factors that impact on the health status of these populations. Students think critically in order to discern actions that work towards reducing the gap in health status between populations.

As the major focus of this module, students conduct an examination of two populations experiencing significant health inequities: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people and people living in rural and remote communities.

In this module, students investigate the following critical questions:

  • Why do inequities exist in the health of Australians?
  • How may the gap in health status of populations be bridged?
  • What inequities are experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and rural and remote communities?


A student:

H1 describes the nature, and justifies the choice, of Australia’s health priorities

H2 analyses and explains the health status of Australians in terms of current trends and groups most at risk

H3 analyses the determinants of health and health inequities

H4 argues the case for the new public health approach to health promotion

H5 explains the different roles and responsibilities of individuals, communities and governments in addressing Australia’s health priorities

H14 argues the benefits of health-promoting actions and choices that promote social justice

H15 critically analyses key issues affecting the health of Australians and proposes ways of working towards better health for all

H16 devises methods of gathering, interpreting and communicating information about health and physical activity concepts.

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