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Nursing

Assignment Summary

Detailed instructions for these assessments can be found in your course outline, marking rubric, and Moodle. They will also be discussed in class.

Assessment Task 1 (a): Video planning draft/outline

Look over the instructions for Assessment 2 - this assessment is your plan for your video component of assignment 2.

You need to choose a local government area (LGA) to focus on for this semester, as you will build all three assessments around this LGA. If you are unsure how to locate your LGA or find one in Victoria contact your lecturer for assistance.

Consider in your planning:

  • What do you know about your chosen LGA?
  • Is there a health issue that is prevalent in your LGA? (Asthma, heart disease, high statistic of cigarette smokers in the LGA)
  • Are there public health issues within that LGA? Does your LGA have stormwater guttering for rainwater runoff? Is the LGA on septic tank systems or is there a sewer system that the local council looks after?
  • Do some preliminary research about your LGA and try to link two determinants of health from the assessment 2 instructions to your LGA.

Assessment 1b: Video and reflection

You are to choose two determinants of health from the list provided. You will make a 10-minute video (5 minutes for each determinant) and include:

  • A reflection on each determinant
  • What is your understanding of each determinant
  • Incorporate information about your Local Government Area (LGA)
  • Complete a reflection summary of your video that includes research and referencing

You should include an introduction to the topic that also includes your health determinants. Discuss what a health determinant is and how this can contribute to health and illness - particularly in your LGA. Discuss and define the social gradient. Align it to your chosen determinants. Provide a reflection of your understanding.

Assessment 2: Community Profile

Based on the LGA you have chosen for assessment 1(a) and 1(b) (should be the same LGA for all), you will choose another two determinants of health from the list provided and gather data on your LGA around specific information as detailed in the assessment 2 instructions. With this information, you will collate data for a community profile of your LGA reflective of health issues of the area, where the population of your LGA sits on the social gradient and any health issues that are unique to your LGA.

Determinants of health

  • Transport
  • Environment
  • Gender
  • Behaviour
  • Discrimination

Plan Your Search

In these assignments, you may need to conduct multiple searches, for example a separate search for each of your chosen health determinants. 

Start planning your search by:

  1. Identify the key concepts in your assignment scenario and each criteria
  2. Consider alternative terms that authors might use for these

Key concepts

Alternative terms
Determinants of health "social determinants of health" 
Environment "air pollution" OR smog OR "car fumes"
"respiratory illnesses" asthma OR "lung cancer" OR "chronic obstructive pulmonary disease"

Now use Boolean operators to connect your search terms. 

Use OR to combine all the terms for the same concept: mental health OR wellbeing

Use AND to combine terms from different concepts: mental health AND support

Use quotation marks to search for a phrase: "mental health"

Use brackets to group all terms from the same concept together

Watch the following video to learn more about Boolean operators

When you put it together: 

("air pollution" OR smog OR "car fumes") AND (“respiratory illnesses” OR asthma OR "lung cancer" OR "chronic obstructive pulmonary disease")

You will probably need to alter your search terms as you go.

Search For Resources


Suggested databases for this assignment are:

This assessment asks you to find information and statistics about your local government area. These will not be found in Quicksearch or databases, but on the internet. Follow these tips to find more useful results when searching Google.

  • Boolean operators work in Google too. So, to find information about income in the City of Frankston, you might type in:
    • transport AND Frankston
  • Information from local governments will be on government websites. You can limit the results to these, by adding the following after your search terms:
    • site:gov.au

For local council social services, check the official council website, under headings such as 'Family and Community Services'.

Some other websites that you might find useful for local government information are: 

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Government health websites

Do your references pass the CRAAP test?

When was the article published? Check the assessment instructions to see if a date range has been given. Generally for nursing, more recent articles are preferred because new and updated information may have come out.

How old are the references? Has the article referred to other fairly recent articles? 

How old is the data used? Check to see if the data was collected a long time before the study was published. If it has been, do the authors explain why this was?

For local government information, is it the most recent version? Statistics can change over time, so make sure there is not an updated version of the information about the local government area. 

Is this information relevant to your assignment? Is there likely to be better information? This will depend on what you are trying to find out. Often you will need to read the abstract to find out.

Is this aimed at the correct audience? Articles for this assessment should be peer reviewed. If you are not sure, you can copy and paste the title into Quicksearch to see if the purple peer review icon shows in the result:

Alternatively, you can check the journal title in Ulrichs. If it has a small black icon that looks like a book next to the title, it is peer reviewed (called refereed in Ulrichs).

You are unlikely to find peer reviewed journal articles about local government areas. Use some of the sources listed in the Local Government Information tab in the box above instead.

Who wrote it? What are their qualifications? Are the qualifications relevant to the topic? Most peer reviewed articles will have information about the authors, often at the end or hyperlinked, with their qualifications listed. 

Where do they work? Who do they work for? Generally, authors should be working for a university or a research centre of some kind. 

Are they likely to have a good understanding of this field?

For the local government information, if the website URL ends in .gov.au then it is an Australian government source and should be authoritative, for example https://www.casey.vic.gov.au/ is the website for the City of Casey. There may also be some companies contracted to provide statistics for local governments.

What is the study population size and characteristics? Keep in mind this is dependent on the study type, for example qualitative studies usually have smaller study populations than quantitative

Is there a control group? This is a group that does not receive the treatment, and allows the researchers to compare them to the group getting the treatment to see if it works.

Is there blinding? This is where the control and treatment groups do not know whether they are getting the intervention or not. 

Do the statistics make sense and match the authors' claims? For local government information, do they make sense compared to what you already know? Are they in line with what you might expect?

Who funded the study? Is it a company, university or research organisation? If it is a company, do they manufacture a product being tested? 

Is there any obvious bias where the authors or their employers are likely to benefit from the study recommendations? For example, if the authors work for a particular company and recommend the use of one of their products, this could indicate a risk of bias.

Does it state what the authors' were trying to find out? The research aims or questions should be clearly stated in the beginning of the article, and the conclusions should describe what they found out.

Write Your Assignment

The following PDFs and links are helpful for creating your assignment.

Referencing

FedCite is the one stop shop for all your referencing needs. In nursing, you need to use APA 7. Look at the Using APA7 section to find out general information on how to cite and reference, and the source types for specific examples.

To help you, here are some types of sources you might need to reference in this assignment, such as reports or websites. If what you are referencing is not shown here, or you would like more details, please go to FedCite. Additionally, check out the Referencing Common Nursing Sources page of this guide.

Source Citation Reference

Document from a website (eg a PDF)

Note: If an author is commonly known by an abbreviation, in the first citation you must use the full name followed by the abbreviation in square brackets. Subsequent citations can be just the abbreviation. The full name must be used in the reference list.

1st citation: 

(Australian Institute of Health and Welfare [AIHW], 2019).

Subsequent citations:

(AIHW, 2019).

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2019). Australian burden of disease study: Impact and causes of illness and death in Australia 2015. https://www.aihw.gov.au/getmedia/c076f42f-61ea-4348-9c0a-d996353e838f/aihw-bod-22.pdf.aspx?inline=true
Information or statistics from a website (eg the ABS)

1st citation:

(Australian Bureau of Statistics [ABS], 2018). 

2nd citation:

(ABS, 2018).

Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2018). Dietary behaviour, 2017-2018 financial year. https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/health/health-conditions-and-risks/dietary-behaviour/2017-18