The Project brief:
Write a proposal (Policy Brief) for your State Health Minister addressing one of the following areas to indicate what the problem is and what should be done about it (based on the available evidence):
This assignment comprises three parts.
Part A (15%): Provide an introduction to your topic by clearly articulating the problem at the state level – what is the prevalence, who is affected, what are the determinants etc. Select a subgroup within the population which has a particular issue with the problem – provide evidence of the problem, how it affects the subgroup and what the determinants are. A clear description of determinants 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 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%): Propose to the Federal Health Minister 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.
Writing style and presentation – 10%
Some further explanatory notes:
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