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Write a report for your Federal Health Minister addressing one of the following areas: micronutrient deficiency; metabolic disease; or food insecurity.
The components of this 2000 word report and the associated value of each section is outlined in detail below. This assignment comprises three parts.
Part A (15%): Discuss the prevalence and understood causes of the issue you’ve chosen to focus on. A clear description of causes will help you to then provide a rationale for the public health approaches most likely to improve the issue.
You will need to choose a circumscribed topic under the broad heading you’ve selected from above. For example, under metabolic disease you might choose prevention of childhood obesity; under food insecurity you might choose a focus on a subgroup like homeless youth; under micronutrient deficiencies you might choose iron deficiency in remote indigenous children. These are just some of many potential examples – please follow your interests here. Your assignment should be a pleasure to undertake, providing you with an opportunity to expand on your passions and interests.
Part B (60%) Write a proposal to the Federal Health Minister regarding the public health approach (or combination of approaches) you would recommend the Government adopt to address this issue. This section needs to be evidence based and provide a clear argument for why you’d propose this approach over another.
Part C (15%) Discuss the political sensitivities that may arise from this proposal and discuss ways in which these might be approached/dealt with. For example, the banning of smoking in public outdoor areas, or the setting of limits on liquor licences provide some nice topical examples in the media of the sorts of responses arising – and from where – when public health strategies are mooted. These provide you with some tangential examples that might stimulate your thinking around this part of the assignment. You might also like to reflect back on some of the issues raised in module 1. The supplementary readings around sociology and the various ‘isms’ may help your thinking here too.
This is a 2000 word assignment (plus or minus 10%). Use the proportion of marks allocated to a task to guide the number of words used – e.g.15% equates to around 300 words. Word counts do include words in headings and tables. Word counts do not include the references.
Assignments in this unit must use Vancouver referencing style.
There is no example assignment provided for this unit given this would be highly likely to answer the questions posed. As with all written assignments it is key that you answer the questions posed in a succinct, coherent way and provide the assessor with evidence of your knowledge and understanding. For example – the comment “this shows the engagement of public health principals” is very different to the comment – “this shows the engagement of public health principles and is evidenced by…….”. The latter provides the reader with evidence of your knowledge – the former does not.
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