BMED3003 Building the bridge while walking over it: the journey to person centred health care

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Humanities in Health and Medicine major sequence
Health care based on standard Australian biomedical models of medicine is useful in identifying and reducing disease and is a necessity in all societies. However, many believe that the current health system has been developed to suit professional and organisational needs, ahead of those of consumers.
This unit offers students an opportunity to explore approaches towards person -centred care; that aims to close the gap in health disparities and be better at preventing ill-health and promoting wellness through effective consumer participation. This will be achieved through the analysis of a series of personal narratives presented through the arts, literature and music to explore the relationships and interconnectedness between health professionals and health consumers.
Students will be expected to participate in some work integrated learning activities
Students are able to (1) integrate information from a range of sources to present an analysis of person centred care; (2) document strategies for establishing effective partnerships between the health care system and consumers; (3) describe opportunities to increase health literacy especially within more disadvantaged populations to enhance better health outcomes for all; (4) apply social research methods to evaluate effective prevention of ill-health and promotion of well-being by consideration of the social determinants of health; and (5) describe concepts of empathy, communication, social bonding and their impacts on health and demonstrate self-reflection in these areas.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) reflective journal and log and (2) literature review. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Sandra Carr
Unit rules
BMED3001 Narrative Medicine for clinical practice, research and education,
BMED3002 Application of Humanities to Health care, and enrolment in Humanities in Health and Medicine Major HHMED
Contact hours
Seminars 6 x 2 hour seminars plus a
total 16 to 20 hours work integrated/ service learning placements over 4 weeks
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