Develop health promotion programs
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to plan, organise and evaluate health promotion programs to address identified needs in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities. It requires the ability to use critical thinking, planning and collaboration skills. Programs may be diverse in nature and may include health assessment, screening, prevention and education activities. Activities could be short term or ongoing.
The development of health care programs is covered in another unit.
This unit applies to senior roles in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander organisations that provide primary health care and other support services to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and communities. It is specific to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people working as health workers or health practitioners.
No regulatory requirement for certification, occupational or business licensing is linked to this unit at the time of publication. For information about practitioner registration and accredited courses of study, contact the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia (ATSIHPBA).
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health
Elements describe the essential outcomes
Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.
- Establish community needs and program scope.
- Use holistic approaches that support the community to take a self-determination approach to health.
- Identify community representatives and other individuals and organisations who play a role in local community health promotion.
- Create a process for community representatives and other individuals and organisations to be consulted on health promotion activities.
- Identify and assess existing community information and research that provides data about diseases of high incidence and health education needs and priorities.
- Consult with colleagues to obtain their perspectives and feedback on health promotion needs and service gaps.
- Identify and assess available existing and potential human, financial and physical resources and the implications for program planning and implementation.
- Plan health promotion programs.
- Follow agreed consultation and collaboration processes.
- Develop specific program objectives and key performance indicators.
- Determine program delivery methods according to community needs and operational constraints or opportunities.
- Determine human, financial and physical resource requirements and the actions required to facilitate their availability.
- Identify and incorporate evaluation criteria and processes.
- Document plans that include clear actions, responsibilities and timelines for implementation.
- Obtain organisational and community approval for proposed program, according to community protocols.
- Organise and develop program resources.
- Follow organisational procedures for accessing additional financial resources.
- Identify existing content resources from credible sources and gain required approvals to use or adapt.
- Use and adapt existing content resources to suit program objectives and the characteristics and special needs of local participants.
- Identify and access relevant subject matter experts for resource development based on specific program needs.
- Organise required training based on the program plan.
- Communicate program details.
- Identify key internal and external health services stakeholders who need to be made aware of the program.
- Determine the best ways of providing information about the program based on its scope and specific audience needs.
- Provide information about the program and how it will be implemented to the community and other stakeholders.
- Identify local roles and responsibilities for activity delivery and consult with colleagues to plan practical details.
- Evaluate health promotion programs.
- Evaluate health promotion programs against agreed criteria.
- Identify program strengths and areas for improvement.
- Use information to identify gaps and further opportunities.
- Communicate evaluation outcomes to relevant stakeholders to inform future planning.
- Use evaluation as the basis for advocacy activities related to health promotion.
Foundation skills essential to performance in this unit, but not explicit in the performance criteria are listed here, along with a brief context statement.
Reading skills to:
- interpret detailed familiar organisational procedures
- interpret varied, unfamiliar and potentially complex information about health issues from research reports.
Writing skills to:
- structure and draft program planning documentation
- integrate and link information from diverse sources in program content resources.
Oral communication skills to:
- ask open and closed probe questions and actively listen during team and community interactions.
Numeracy skills to:
- interpret data about existing financial resources and health research
- make estimates of additional financial resource requirements.
Teamwork skills to:
- work collaboratively with both internal and external colleagues.
Planning and organising skills to:
- establish implementation plan that involves diverse logistical elements.
Technology skills to:
- create, structure and format digital planning documentation.
UNIT MAPPING INFORMATION
No equivalent unit.
For details, refer to the full mapping table in the Draft 2 Validation Guide.
Companion Volume Implementation Guide