Public Health Achievements and Challenges

PUBH5030: Public Health Achievements and Challenges- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Case Study- Essay Writing Assignment

Task:

The ‘Task 3: Essay’ requires you research and write about ONE case study of your choice (selected from the five case study questions on CANVAS). The focus is on using what you have learned so far about the philosophical, ideological, theoretical and practical perspectives of public health to identify potential solutions to a particular health issue.

Q1. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander transgenerational psychic trauma: Prof John Boulton 
The factors that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional health and wellbeing include some that are qualitatively different to those of other Australians. An understanding of, and a response to, the outcomes of transgenerational psychic trauma is essential if we are to progress towards closing the gap between Australia’s indigenous peoples and their fellow citizens. Using what you have learned so far from your readings, lecture notes, online discussion and quiz,  and additional research, please answer the following question: 
What can we do differently to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional health and wellbeing? Give reasons for your answer.

Q2. The Australian Health Care System: Dr Carmen Huckel-Schneider 
Significant reform is required to protect the long-term financial sustainability of Australia’s health care system, and our ability ensure equitable distribution of health care resources to our population. Using what you have learned so far from your readings, lecture notes, online discussion and quiz, and additional research, please answer the following question: 
Which reforms do you consider will be most effective in sustaining the long-term viability of Australia’s universal public health care system? Give reasons for your answer.

Q3. Communicable Diseases (Tuberculosis): Dr Grant Hill-Cawthorne 
Tuberculosis (TB) is a major health challenge globally but in countries such as Australia, rates are now very low. However, Australia has not eliminated TB and actually the rate has been relatively constant for some time, with an incidence of about 5.7 cases per 100,000 population. This incidence is being sustained by ongoing disease within pockets of the population. Using what you have learned so far from your readings, lecture notes, online discussion and quiz, and additional research, please answer the following question: 
Considering the population groups with the highest incidence of tuberculosis in Australia, what can we do to ensure that Australia reaches the elimination targets by 2030? Give reasons for your answer.

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