Bachelor of Health Practice/Bachelor of Community Services

Why study the Bachelor of Health Practice/Bachelor of Community Services at UNE?

This course is not offered in 2017.

This combined degree course prepares students for health practice and additionally, for coordination of health services at the community level. The Bachelor of Health Practice/Bachelor of Community Services prepares graduates who are safe, capable, confident, culturally sensitive and able to apply principles of evidence based practice and lifelong learning throughout their professional careers. The course develops breadth and depth of contextual knowledge and associated skills required for employment and career progression as health practitioners specializing in aboriginal health, case work, complementary medicine, recreational therapy or rehabilitation, and additionally as case managers, community development workers or services coordinators in a range of healthcare settings.

Graduates will be eligible to apply for membership of the following:

Australian Infant, Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Association

Australian Association of Gerontology

Australian Diabetes Society

Australian Disease Management Association

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Career Opportunities

Aboriginal health case worker, community services case worker, assessor, case coordinator, or welfare worker; family, early intervention, aged care or youth worker; recreational therapist or coordinator; higher level employment in current field of rehabilitation, complementary, allied or community health practice; community development worker, community services case manager or community services coordinator in a range of settings and organisations involving community work, community development and care services, volunteer programs, residential facilities, correctional facilities, group homes, community agencies and government departments.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

4 or 3 or 2.5 Years Full-time
Up to 10 years Part-time

FEES

Commonwealth Supported Place

2017 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Not Offered, Off Campus

Official Abbreviation BHlthPrac/BCommunServ
Course Type Undergraduate
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Not Offered Off Campus
Course Duration
  • 4 or 3 or 2.5 Years Full-time
  • Up to 10 years Part-time
Fees Commonwealth Supported Place
Total Credit Points 192
Intensive Schools

There are no mandatory intensive schools in the Bachelor of Health Practice, the Bachelor of Community Services or the combined degree Bachelor of Health Practice/Bachelor of Community Services.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall:

(a) be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures); or

(b) hold an AQF Level 5 Diploma in Community Services Work; or

(c) hold an AQF Level 5 Diploma in Leisure and Health;

(d) hold or be enrolled in an AQF Level 5 Diploma of Rehabilitation; or

(e) hold or be enrolled in the AQF Level 6 Advanced Diploma of Rehabilitation; or

(f) hold an AQF Level 6 qualification in a complementary medicine discipline.

Additional Requirements

All students must complete a Working with Children Check.

Practical, Clinical or Work Experience

Assessment tasks for some units require students to apply theoretical concepts by spending a minimum of 20 hours in a workplace context. Depending upon the Admission Rule and the Major selected, students may need to gain up to 240 hours of experience in an appropriate workplace over the duration of their candidature. Students are expected to organise their own work placements; those who are already working in health or community services may be able to complete these requirements in their usual workplace. For students who are not currently working in health or community services, 'Workplace context' and 'workplace experience' can cover a wide range of situations, such as:

formal classroom settings;

tutorial groups;

clinical placement;

simulation lab sessions;

clinical lab sessions;

group settings such as childcare, playgroups, youth groups and church groups;

casual, part time or volunteer work (not restricted to healthcare settings);

Senior First Aid courses;

The New England Award.

Similar principles including leadership, teamwork, communication, social justice and transcultural considerations apply across these contexts.

Students who are uncertain about how to fulfill the workplace context requirements for assessment tasks can discuss this with the Course Coordinator prior to enrolment, or with their Unit Coordinator after enrolment.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rules (b) and (c) shall be granted a maximum of 48 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature.

Candidates admitted under Rules (d) and (e) shall be granted a maximum of 48 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature, on successful completion of the Diploma of Rehabilitation or Advanced Diploma of Rehabilitation.

Candidates admitted under Rule (f) shall be granted a maximum of 72 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature.

Academic Colours

Peony Red (BCC 37)

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Bachelor of Health Practice/Bachelor of Community Services in 2017.

Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall:
(a) be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and the Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures); or
(b) hold an AQF Level 5 Diploma in Community Services Work; or
(c) hold an AQF Level 5 Diploma in Leisure and Health; or
(d) hold or be enrolled in an AQF Level 5 Diploma of Rehabilitation; or
(e) hold or be enrolled in an AQF Level 6 Advanced Diploma of Rehabilitation; or
(f) hold an AQF Level 6 qualification in a complementary medicine discipline.

Please view the complete list of AQF qualifications approved for admission.

Additional Requirements

All students must complete a Working with Children Check application.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rules (b) and (c) shall be granted a maximum of 48 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature.
Candidates admitted under Rules (d) and (e) shall be granted a maximum of 48 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature, on successful completion of the Diploma of Rehabilitation or Advanced Diploma of Rehabilitation.
Candidates admitted under Rule (f) shall be granted a maximum of 72 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature.

Period of Candidature

1. For candidates admitted under Rule (a) the period of candidature shall be:
(a) four years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to ten years as a part-time candidate.

2. For candidates admitted under Rule (b), (c), (d) and (e) the period of candidature shall be:
(a) three years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to ten years as a part-time candidate.

3. For candidates admitted under Rule (f) the period of candidature shall be:
(a) two and a half years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to ten years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 192 credit points.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

For candidates admitted under Rule (a)
Course Structure Credit Points
Major 192 cps
Total 192 cps

Aboriginal Health/Case Management
Aboriginal Health/Services Coordination
Case Work/Aboriginal Community Care
Case Work/Case Management
Case Work/Services Coordination
Recreational Therapy/Case Management
Recreational Therapy/Services Coordination

For candidates admitted under Rule (b)
Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 48 cps
Major 144 cps
Total 192 cps

Aboriginal Health/Case Management
Aboriginal Health/Services Coordination
Case Work/Aboriginal Community Care
Case Work/Case Management
Case Work/Services Coordination
Recreational Therapy/Case Management
Recreational Therapy/Services Coordination

For candidates admitted under Rule (c)
Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 48 cps
Major 144 cps
Total 192 cps

Aboriginal Health/Case Management
Aboriginal Health/Services Coordination
Case Work/Aboriginal Community Care
Case Work/Case Management
Case Work/Services Coordination
Recreational Therapy/Aboriginal Community Care
Recreational Therapy/Case Management
Recreational Therapy/Services Coordination

For candidates admitted under Rule (d)
Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 48 cps
Major 144 cps
Total 192 cps

Recreational Therapy/Services Coordination
Rehabilitation/Aboriginal Community Care
Rehabilitation/Case Management
Rehabilitation/Recreational Therapy

For candidates admitted under Rule (e)
Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 48 cps
Major 144 cps
Total 192 cps

Aboriginal Health/Case Management
Aboriginal Health/Services Coordination
Case Work/Aboriginal Community Care
Recreational Therapy/Services Coordination

For candidates admitted under Rule (f)
Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 72 cps
Major 120 cps
Total 192 cps

Complementary Medicine/Aboriginal Community Care
Complementary Medicine/Case Management
Complementary Medicine/Services Coordination

Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements and who specialise shall be awarded the Bachelor of Health Practice/Bachelor of Community Services in one of the following: Aboriginal Health/Case Management; Aboriginal Health/Services Coordination; Case Work/Aboriginal Community Care; Case Work/Case Management; Case Work/Services Coordination; Complementary Medicine/Aboriginal Community Care; Complementary Medicine/Case Management; Complementary Medicine/Services Coordination; Recreational Therapy/Aboriginal Community Care; Recreational Therapy/Case Management; Recreational Therapy/Services Coordination; Rehabilitation/Aboriginal Community Care; Rehabilitation/Case Management; Rehabiliation/Services Coordination; Rehabilitation/Recreational Therapy.

Candidates admitted under Rules (d) and (e) must successfully complete either the Diploma of Rehabilitation or Advanced Diploma of Rehabilitation prior to completion of the Bachelor of Health Practice/Bachelor of Community Services.

Exit Pathways

Subject to meeting Advanced Standing Rules, candidates who apply to discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Diploma in Community Welfare and Wellbeing on completion of 48 credit points.
Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies and exit with the Diploma in Community Welfare and Wellbeing must apply for re-admission and will be subject to current course requirements for the Bachelor of Health Practice/Bachelor of Community Services.

Subject to meeting Advanced Standing Rules, candidates who apply to discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Bachelor of Health Practice upon completion of 144 credit points as specified in the course rules.
Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies and exit with the Bachelor of Health Practice must apply for re-admission and will be subject to current course requirements of the Bachelor of Health Practice/Bachelor of Community Services. This may mean that they will not receive full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure have changed in response to University requirements.

Subject to meeting Advanced Standing Rules, candidates admitted under rule (a) who apply to discontinue their studies in the course may by eligible to exit with the Bachelor of Community Services upon completion of 144 credit points comprising HDCD110, HDCS120, HDCW114, HDCW125, HDCW126, HDCW213, HDHP112, HDHP121, HLTH100, HLTH320, HLTH330, HDHP221, HDSC311, HSHM200, HSHM212, HSMH250, HSHM305, HSHM368, HSHM343, HSHM349 and 24 credit points from HLTH340, HSCS322, HLTH310, HSHM331, HSHM341, HSCS240, HSCS256, HSCS261, HSCS262, HDHP111, HSHP211, HSCS223, HSHM218, HSHM332, HSHM342, HSHM345.

Candidates admitted under rule (b), (c), (d), (e) and (f) granted advanced standing based on admission to candidature who apply to discontinue their studies and exit with the Bachelor of Community Services will need to have an individual program of study approved by the Course Coordinator.

Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies and exit with the Bachelor of Community Services must apply for re-admission and will be subject to current course requirements of the Bachelor of Health Practice/Bachelor of Community Services. This may mean they will not recieve full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure have changed in response to University requirements.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Procedures.

Course Aims

This course prepares students for practise at AQF Level 7 as health professionals specialising in aboriginal health, casework, complementary medicine, recreational therapy or rehabilitation, and/or as aboriginal community development workers, health services coordinators or case managers in the community sector. The course also provides admission pathways for current health professionals with qualifications at AQF Level 5 or 6 in a range of fields such as rehabilitation, community, complementary and allied health to undertake a breadth and depth of study resulting in combined health practice and community development, community services coordination or management outcomes at AQF Level 7.

The Bachelor of Health Practice/Bachelor of Community Services prepares graduates who are safe, capable, confident, culturally sensitive and able to apply principles of evidence based practice and lifelong learning throughout their professional careers. The course develops breadth and depth of contextual knowledge and associated skills required for employment and career progression as health care professionals with the knowledge and skills to also coordinate service provision as case managers, community development workers or services coordinators in a range of healthcare settings.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. apply a biopsychosocial perspective to assessment of individual and group health needs;
  2. design, deliver, monitor, coordinate and evaluate safe, sensitive, ethical, evidence based, innovative and culturally appropriate health programs appropriate for individuals and groups across a range of settings, demonstrating an understanding of the structure, function, competing demands and conflicting priorities of the health care system;
  3. apply a range of communication and problem solving skills in interprofessional and/or transcultural health contexts to meet organisational and individual requirements and manage change, communicate effectively with clients, with health professionals from a range of disciplines, and with the wider community;
  4. demonstrate advocacy and facilitative skills for individuals and groups, including those who are vulnerable as a consequence of one or a combination of factors;
  5. maintain and extend generalist and specialist professional knowledge and skills through application of lifelong learning principles; and
  6. apply specific skills characteristic of selected majors and/or combinations of majors to take leadership roles in a range of allied health, complementary health and community sector contexts.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Health Practice and Community Services as disciplines are taught from theoretical foundations through application in practice from a range of perspectives and across a range of contexts. Graduates may choose to further develop existing discipline-specific knowledge and skills or expand their field of practice to include new discipline areas. Graduates will have been assessed on both generalised and specific knowledge through completion of a variety of assessment tasks including online quizzes, written essays, case studies, log books and annotated bibliographies. Transcultural awareness and associated culturally competent practice are taught as underpinning theory and contextualised in practice across a range of health and community services settings applicable to both health practitioners and community services workers. Global perspective as this applies to professional practice is assessed as a focus in specific course units and as a part of modules within a range of units throughout the course, through a range of written assessments.

Communication Skills

Communication is taught, assessed and practised as a fundamental component of health practice, and of community services work. Students develop written, verbal and non-verbal interpersonal and inter-professional communication skills built upon strong theoretical foundations through sequential completion of coursework units having professional communication as their focus. Students' communication skills are developed progressively throughout the course and encompass generalised and specialised knowledge and skills appropriate for communicating with clients, co-workers, a range of interdisciplinary health professionals and members of the community.

Problem Solving

Problem solving skills are taught progressively throughout the course as an integral part of health practice, and as a higher-order skill when working with communities. Students apply problem solving skills to case and workplace based scenarios which form the basis of a range of assessment tasks. Graduates are equipped with a breadth and depth of problem solving skills enabling them to work creatively, productively and efficiently as individuals and in groups, in professional contexts as health practitioners and in community development, case management or services coordination roles.

Information Literacy

Graduates will have been taught how to access and recognise relevant information and use appropriate media, tools and methodologies to locate, analyse and apply this information. As a focus of specific units and as an aspect of a number of others throughout the course, students are assessed on the development of their capacity to critically evaluate information and its sources, and apply information critically and appropriately, through written essays, case studies, log books and annotated bibliographies.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Ethical conduct and social responsibility are the focus of specialised course units as well as being a unifying theme throughout the course. Students are taught both generalised and context specific legal and ethical principles and the applications of these to their field of health practice, and in their community development, case management or services coordination roles. Social responsibility is the focus of a number of unit assessment tasks including written essays, reports, log books, case studies and annotated bibliographies.

Lifelong Learning

Graduates will have developed the knowledge and skills to apply their learning to a range of contexts, and to adapt to change from both within and from outside their workplace or organisation. These skills are taught as a focus of specific course units and as components of a number of others, and are assessed and practised through a range of case based activities. Graduates will have the capacity to apply these skills in an ongoing and self- reflective capacity throughout their professional and personal lives.

Independence and Collaboration

Both independence and collaboration are taught as a fundamental skill in health practice and in community services, and are practiced and assessed throughout the course. Collaborative skills and the capacity for safe, confident, independent practice are developed progressively as a focus of specific course units and as components of a range of other units throughout the course. Both independence and collaboration are practised in a range of work place and related or simulated contexts beginning with theoretical foundations and progressing to more complex, case based scenarios.

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