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GENA725 Communication in Rural Hospital Medicine

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Clinical skills, knowledge and values required in the rural hospital setting for psychiatry, palliative care, and communication with patients in New Zealand’s bicultural and multicultural society.

Paper title Communication in Rural Hospital Medicine
Paper code GENA725
Subject General Practice
EFTS 0.125
Points 15 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,444.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,337.00

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GENX 723
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Teaching staff

Yan Wan and Valerie August

Paper Structure

This paper is designed to increase awareness of one's own cultural and internal bias in order to improve cross cultural interaction and health inequalities and to explore issues around rural doctor’s involvement towards the end of life. The paper is delivered through a residential workshop conducted on a remote Northland marae and online learning activities.

Paper Modules

  • 1.Communication
  • 2.Māori Health
  • 3.Health Disparities
  • 4.Other Cultures / Cross-cultural Communication
  • 5.Wellbeing
  • 6.Psychiatry
  • 7.Alcohol and Drugs
  • 8.Psychogeriatrics
  • 9.Palliative Care
  • 10.Death and Dying

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Teaching Arrangements
Distance learning - includes a residential component on marae
Recommended readings supplied
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will demonstrate the clinical skills and knowledge required to work in rural hospitals in the New Zealand bicultural and multicultural context.

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system