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Unit Overview


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

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

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.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Sandra Carr
Unit rules
BMED3001 Narrative Medicine for clinical practice, research and education,
and BMED3002 Application of Humanities to Health care,
and enrolment in
Humanities in Health and Medicine Major HHMED
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
(1) working with children check (estimated cost - 11)
(2) police check (estimated cost - 60)
(3) Covid Vaccination (estimated cost - 0).
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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  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.