Health Sciences

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Study in Rome

The Faculty of Health Sciences is offering the following units at the ACU’s Rome Centre during the summer break in 2016-2017.

Health Sciences Unit

Duration

Course dates

HLSC220 - Health Care Ethics

2 weeks

6 December – 16 December 2016

PHTY400 - Physiotherapy Practice in Complex Health Care

2 weeks

3 January – 13 January 2017

HLSC120 - Society, Culture and Health

2 weeks

23 January – 3 February 2017

OTHY201 - Contextual Determinants of Health, Illness and Disability

2 weeks

6 February – 17 February 2017

PSYC207 - Culture and Psychology

2 weeks

6 February – 17 February 2017


Course overview

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Dates:
6 - 16 December 2016
(with arrival date at the Rome Centre required by Monday 5 December, and departure by Saturday 17 December – 13 nights)


*Cost:
Approximately from:
  • AUD $2,370 (excluding airport pick up)
  • AUD $2,450 (including airport pick up)

Credit points: 10
Prerequisite: Nil

Unit description

This inter-professional unit addresses ethics and ethical issues relevant to contemporary health practice in preparing students to identify and respond to ethical challenges in health practice. Codes of ethics for health disciplines will be reviewed. Cultural, social, legal and spiritual factors that influence individual values and beliefs will be explored. Reflection and reasoning skills will be developed in applying ethical concepts to analyse common dilemmas encountered in health practice.

Dates:
3 January – 13 January 2017
(with arrival date at the Rome Centre required by Monday 2 January, and departure by Saturday 14 January – 13 nights).


*Cost:
Approximately from:
  • AUD $2,740 (excluding airport pick up)
  • AUD $2,820 (including airport pick up)

Credit points: 10
Prerequisite: All Year 3 units

Unit description

This unit aims to expand the students’ knowledge of the Australian healthcare system as it relates to physiotherapy practice. In addition different models of healthcare from a local, national and international perspective will be explored so students can develop an understanding of the range of community- and/or health-related services that can support individuals with complex healthcare needs. The unit will require students to:

(a) identify suitable practice framework(s) and

(b) promote reflection on personal professional skills and service provider capacities that will optimise outcomes for individuals with complex healthcare issues.

Dates:
23 January - 3 February, 2017
(with arrival date at the Rome Centre required by Sunday 22 January, and departure by Saturday 4 February – 13 nights)


*Cost:
Approximately from:
  • AUD $2,370 (excluding airport pick up)
  • AUD $2,450 (including airport pick up)

Credit points: 10
Prerequisite: Nil

Unit description

In this inter-professional unit students will be introduced to changes in contemporary Australian society, culture and health that have been influenced by globalisation. The consequential increasing cultural diversity in society challenges the organisation and provision of health care in Australia. Students will explore how understandings of health and illness are constructed within diverse cultures in contrast with bio-medical constructions of health and illness. Factors that shape distribution and ownership of resources and how they influence the maintenance of health by individuals and groups within society will also be explored. The social-historical-political context and related health issues of vulnerable people in marginalised social groups are a special focus of this unit, with particular attention to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Dates:
6 February – 17 February 2017
(with arrival date at The Rome Centre required by Sunday 5 February and departure by Saturday 18 February – 13 nights)


*Cost:
Approximately from:
  • AUD $2,740 (excluding airport pick up)
  • AUD $2,820 (including airport pick up)

Credit points: 10
Prerequisite: OTHY100 Foundations of Occupational Therapy and OTHY101 Health and Occupation

Unit description

Occupational therapists are required to understand clients as individuals within their social systems and take into account the sociological factors which influence their health and occupations. In this unit you will learn about the social and ecological determinants of health. You will reflect on and develop your capacity as culturally capable health care practitioners, and examine culturally capable health care delivery from Indigenous Australian and multi-cultural perspectives. You will draw on your learning from the first year Core Curriculum unit, UNCC100 Our World, Community and Vulnerability and undertake orientation activities in preparation for 20 hours of a community engagement experience. The Community Engagement experience is central to the development of your professional practice skills and has been developed in consultation with the Institute for Advancing Community Engagement.

Rome delivery

In 2017, OTHY201 will be delivered for the first time from the Rome campus. It will be delivered in a two-week intensive mode comprising lectures, tutorials and community engagement experiences. The unit focuses on developing understanding of the way cultural, environmental and social factors influence the health of communities and individuals within those communities. The Rome campus provides the opportunity to apply theoretical learning to the local Italian context and to engage with disadvantaged groups whose health and community participation may be compromised.

Dates:
6 February – 17 February 2017
(with arrival date at The Rome Centre required by Sunday 5 February and departure by Saturday 18 February 13 nights)


*Cost:
Approximately from:
  • AUD $2,740 (excluding airport pick up)
  • AUD $2,820 (including airport pick up)

Credit points: 10
Prerequisite: PSYC100 Foundations of Psychology and PSYC101 Applications of Psychology

Unit description

Cross-cultural understanding is becoming increasingly important as frequent interaction within the world community becomes the norm through global economic integration and the dissemination of electronic media. This unit aims to enhance intercultural understanding by studying basic human functioning and how it is shaped by cultural environments. It includes: the concepts of culture and cultural learning; cultural factors influencing cognitive, affective and behavioural function; values and beliefs across cultures; differences and similarities in gender role and expectations across cultures; acculturation; and methods of cross-cultural enquiry.


Inclusions

Included:

  • Shared accommodation at the Rome Centre
  • Meal plan (breakfast, lunch and dinner from Monday to Friday)
  • Airport transfer (optional - only available if you arrive in Rome on the day your accommodation starts at the Rome Centre)

Not included:

  • Return airfare to Italy
  • ACU HECS/tuition
  • Meals on weekends
  • Additional travel

*Prices are subject to fluctuation according to student numbers and international exchange rates.


Flights

Students are responsible for makingtheir own flight arrangements.


Funding assistance available

ACU Vice Chancellor’s International Travel Grant:

ACU students are usually eligible to apply for the ACU Vice-Chancellor’s Travel Grant of $500 to assist the students with the cost of their economy airfare. (Please note: students can only apply for one Vice-Chancellor’s travel grant throughout their course).

OS-Help Loan:
Eligible students may also apply for an OS-Help Loan up to AUD$6,470 to support the cost of travel and incidentals.

More information about the Vice-Chancellor’s Travel Grant and OS-Help Loan


Studying in Rome has enabled me to develop my understanding on how ethics affects the healthcare system, and see first hand how Italy’s ageing population deals with low-social economic elderly people. While in Rome, we all visited a local residential home, where we were able to meet and get to know the life of the staff and residents. We discussed how the residential home functioned, and we observed the activities they could participate in on a daily basis.”

Andrew Pulis, Bachelor of Paramedicine - Melbourne