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Unit Overview


A critical understanding of reproductive health is the responsibility of each one of us as it encompasses all aspects of the society in which we live. Reproductive health intersects with other determinants of health including physical and mental health; the environment; politics; diversity and equality; culture and ethnicity; employment; educational opportunities; and ethical influences.

In this unit, students will explore the current scientific understanding of common disorders of puberty, sexual health, pregnancy, childbirth, gynaecological and breast cancers, and menopause. They will consider how reproductive-age women experience and manage the challenges within a contemporary society and from Indigenous and global health perspectives.

Students will learn to source and critically appraise the evidence that informs clinical decision making in women's reproductive health. They will learn to think like researchers as they review research literature and research methods through academic journal clubs. Finally, students will practice science communication skills as they simplify research findings for a general audience.

This unit is the second of three core units in the Women's Health Minor.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) describe factors that contribute to the reproductive health agenda locally, nationally, and globally; (2) define common women's reproductive health problems with respect to incidence and prevalence, risk factors, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis; (3) critically review the scientific understanding of the major diseases and health problems confronting women throughout their reproductive life; (4) source, critically evaluate and reference scientific papers; (5) explain how evidence informs clinical decision making for common women's reproductive health problems; and (6) summarise and effectively communicate complex research findings to both an academic and general public audience.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tests; (2) written assessments; and (3) video project. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Demelza Ireland and Dr Philippa Martyr
Unit rules
Successful completion of
24 points
Advisable prior study
IMED1108 Issues in Women's Health Across the Lifespan
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
tutorials: 2 hours per week
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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.
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  • 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.