To complete the unit, a brief practice reflection task must be completed. Students will reflect upon PUBH630 content in terms of: (a) how it relates to and extends their existing knowledge and skills; and
(b) how they believe it will inform their future practice and support them in meeting relevant competency standards.
|Length and/or format:||800 - 1000 words (excluding the reference list), written reflective piece|
|Purpose:||Analyse how the knowledge gained in this unit will influence future public health practice|
|Learning outcomes assessed:||1, 4|
|Return of assignment:||Marks and feedback will be provided via LEO|
Your practice reflection is an opportunity to reflect on PUBH630 as a whole, and consider how it relates to practice. “Relates to practice” should be thought of in two parts: (1) relates to your past practice and existing knowledge/skills [marking criterion 1]; and (2) relates to your future career and practice, and the public health competency standards that underpin that [marking criterion 2].
For the purposes of this unit, you should consider the Foundation Competencies for Master of Public Health Graduates in Australia, with a focus on the Health Protection, and Health Promotion areas of practice (units of competency 5-9).
You may find it useful to look at the tips and guidance on reflective writing from Griffith University.
APA6 is the required referencing style for this assessment task. Please ensure that you are familiar with the formatting and usage requirements for this style. Aside from the ACU Library materials provided, you may wish to use the Academic Referencing Tool from the La Trobe University Library.
Turnitin: Turnitin is a tool used to assist in the detection of referencing problems and/or plagiarism. Turnitin generates a similarity index for a document: that is, what percentage of the document contains material that is matched to accessible sources. Presence of similarity does not necessarily indicate plagiarism: there are many reasons why similar text is discovered in student documents. For example, Turnitin often classifies reference lists themselves as “similar”—this is similarity, but not plagiarism.
Students should make themselves familiar with the University’s Assessment Procedures https://handbook.acu.edu.au/handbooks/handbook_2019/general_information/assessment_procedures This link outlines how to apply for an extension or special consideration (under ‘Student responsibilities’ and ‘Processes when personal circumstances affect performance’). Extension requests (if you have a valid reason), should be emailed to the Lecturer-in-Charge, prior to the due date. Special consideration applications should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org AND the Lecturer-in-Charge.
Please note that marks will be deducted for late submission of assignments (without an approved extension), as per the University’s policy. The policy states: “Assessment tasks submitted after the due or extended date will incur, for each whole or part of a calendar day that the work is overdue, a 5% penalty of the maximum marks available for that assessment task up to a maximum of 15%.
Assessment tasks received more than three calendar days after the due or extended date will not be allocated a mark.”
In line with section 5.1 of ACU’s Assessment Policy, all assessment marking and grading must be criterion-referenced and use standards-based grading. Assessment criteria and standards are related to unit learning outcomes. Student performance on a task is evaluated against each criterion, and according to the set standards of achievement for that criterion.
Assessment criteria and standards for this task are provided in the following rubric. Each criterion is marked according to a five-point standard, from “poor” to “excellent”, with a descriptor for each standard. Within each standard there is a small marking range that further differentiates the quality of student work.
Your final mark for the task reflects evaluation against all criteria.
Relevant PUBH630 learning outcomes: Assessment task 3
1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the different types of health determinants and their significance to public health practice (GA: 2, 5)
2. Evaluate social, political, ethical, economic and ecological considerations and their impact on public health interventions and practice (GA: 2, 3, 8)
During the unit completion, there are different topics which are covered focusing on healthcare and related determinants. I believe that the introduction of this unit has increased my knowledge and learning on the biological, social, economic, environmental and behavioural determinants of health related issues. The health determinants are the factors which explain different health issues and conditions that impact on the daily life of an individual or population (Baum, 2015). In the process of completing unit, I have learned that determinants of health are required to be considered by healthcare professionals in regards to providing quality healthcare services to the population of a country. From the Unit, I have learned different aspects of health management that help me to improvise my knowledge and skills to provide proper healthcare services during my healthcare professional career. The increase in knowledge certainly helps me to increase my experience, which deliverable for enhancing success criteria for my professional career development (Bauman et al., 2012). In the unit, I have learned that health risks are the conditions associated with fewer possibilities of showing a positive outcome towards health problems. On the other hand, the protective factors in healthcare are determinants, which increase the likelihood of positive outcomes of health conditions.
In the future aspect, I would be able to understand the risks and protective behaviours while serving healthcare services in my professional career; this will help me to understand the quality of healthcare services to develop my professional career. I have understood from the unit that social connections play a vital role in the mental, physical, emotional health of an individual. I have learned that strong social stability and fairness increase changes of life longevity without any diseases and health issues; a proper social connection helps an individual to revive faster from a particular disease. I guess the unit information and knowledge have explained that the workplace environment of healthcare institutions should be better and sound in regards to provide quality healthcare services. In the near future, I should acknowledge the social environment while providing healthcare services, which will certainly improve my quality of healthcare activities. In the unit, I have also learned that the introduction of obesogenic environments and its health issues.
In the learning, I have observed that obesogenic includes influences of different factors, forces, surroundings, conditions and situations that push obesity health issues within an individual. In the process of learning, the particular environment includes a study on unhygienic food and other consuming materials, which negatively affects the individual’s health (Keleher & MacDougall, 2015). I guess the information would help me to study over different health conditions and causes that have impacted from the obesity; it will help me to increase my knowledge on systematic steps to be taken for providing health care services to the individuals facing these health issues. In this unit, education, income and health has explained the relationship between literacy and health diseases, in which it has explained that the education on health helps to increase information on series of activities, should not be practiced by an individual which may infect them from health-related problems. The education increases knowledge and learning about activities such as kind of foods, environment, conditions, surroundings, society and environment, which an individual require to deal with in regards to avoid any kind of health issues such as depression, disorders, mental issues, viruses that have impacted on the health-related problems (Baum, 2015).
In this unit, I have understood that in the near future while I need to provide any health-related services, I also need to provide reliable education and knowledge to the individuals so that my attempt of education could reduce individuals from getting infected from any health-related problems. In the unit, I have also understood that work and health are interrelated to one another. In this case, I have learned that excessive work or lack of work leads to many health issues and proper systematic process of work embraces the health conditions of the individual. This learning will help me to understand and balance my work life so that I would not involve or infected by any health conditions in my future personal and professional career. The unit has provided information on the ageing population and building health environment; in this, I have learned that there have been behavioural changes in the older individuals in regards to providing and receiving health-related issues. In this unit, I have also learned about health determinants, health ecology, gender culture and health and health-related problems and challenges usually faced by the health care and wellbeing service providers. From the unit, the information and knowledge gained in health and related issues which are challenging to healthcare professional, these health issues include a change in the behaviour of health care service receiving individuals. I think while practicing my health care professional working service; I would be able to engage proper education, communication and interaction with my patients so that I would be able to increase their health conditions by creating a suitable and positive healthy environment for them.