In this assignment, you will write an essay of 2,500 words discussing the public health interventions to control or prevent a chronic disease or risk factor for a chronic disease in Australia.
You should discuss the public health interventions for controlling the condition or risk factor, you should not discuss the clinical features of, or clinical interventions for, a chronic condition.
You should choose a topic from the list provided below.
In your essay, you should discuss the important features of your chosen intervention(s) for controlling the disease or risk factor. You should include at least 2 arguments that support your strategy/ies and 2 arguments against your strategy/ies. You should include a paragraph reflecting on your own learnings from writing this essay.
A guide for the essay is that it should discuss
- Brieflythe epidemiology and public health importance of the condition or risk factor,
- Your chosen public health control strategies for the disease or risk factor
- The effectiveness of your chosen public health control strategies
- The harms from your chosen public health control strategies
- The impact of your chosen public health control strategies on the disease or risk factor and on health, and on society (for example the economic impact).
In your essay you could discuss, for example,
- prevention of diabetes (controlling a chronic condition), or
- controlling smoking (controlling a risk factor), or
- screening for cancer control (a method for controlling a chronic condition), or
- taxation on sugar-sweetened beverages (a method for controlling a risk factor)
Word limit: 2,500 words.
Value: 40% of total marks, and a hurdle requirement.
Presentation requirements: each statement should be referenced correctly and each reference shall have the website link regarding the statements were derived from.
You should reference all your sources, including images. It is perfectly acceptable to divide your essay into sections with subheadings.
Assessment will be against rubric Marking
Choose one of the Diseases or risk Factor
- Ischaemic heart disease
- Chronic obstructive lung disease
- Dental and gum disease
- Cervical cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Breast cancer
- Skin cancer
- Lung cancer
- Chronic kidney disease
- Diabetes mellitus type 2
- Back pain
- Oral health
- Road trauma
- Suicide and intentional self-harm
- Colorectal cancer
- Mental ill-health
- Chronic vision loss
- Chronic hearing loss
- Risk factors
- High body weight
- High blood pressure
- Socioeconomic position
- Risky alcohol use
- Physical inactivity
- Dyslipidaemias and high blood cholesterol
- Indigenous status
- Living in a rural area
- Obesity and overweight
- Dietary sodium
Public health interventions
- Cancer screening
- Newborn screening
- Tobacco control
- Alcohol control
- Road safety
- Skin cancer control
- Suicide prevention
- Sodium reduction
- Food reformulation
- Front of food pack nutrition labelling
- Measures to change dietary composition
- Measures to increase physical activity
- Taxation of sugar-sweetened beverages