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Narratives of Illness and Well-being (10192.1)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1, 4
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Nursing


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The objective of this unit is for students to further their personal journey towards becoming a reflexive practitioner. 'Narratives of illness and well-being' is founded on the premise that people have unique experiences in response to health and life changing illness. Each person has a story of how they adapt and reorganise their perspectives. In the unit, students are invited to listen to and engage with the stories of consumers of healthcare and reflect on their own stories.
Engagement with narrative can profoundly affect the reflexive practitioner, and inform a trajectory of personal and professional growth. Students who undertake this unit will learn how stories inform health practices. Students will examine the complex meanings behind the constructs of culture, health, wellness, illness, and disease, with particular emphasis on contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) stories. Students will critically engage with perspective, identify strength and resilience. In doing so, students will gain the fundamental skills to absorb, interpret, and re-interpret narratives. The intention of the unit will be to support students in building the capacity to further their own journey towards humane, ethical, and reflexive practice.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Recognise strength in self, others and communities;

2. Develop the ability to examine reflexively with narratives of illness and well-being using diverse media;

3. Recognise and discuss strengths and capabilities of individuals and communities;

4. Recognise and explain the importance of reflexive engagement in professional practice;

5. Articulate their own process of personal and professional integrative identity formation; and

6. Respectfully discuss Australian stories of vulnerability and growth; especially with regard to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

On-campus Interactive seminar 2 hours per week; On-campus Narrative workshops 2 hours in Weeks 3, 6 and 10; Online preparation for interactive workshops 1 hour per week; Online participation in moderated online discussion panel fortnightly postings of 100-200 words.




Must be enrolled in 364JA Bachelor of Nursing or 365JA Bachelor of Nursing Advanced.

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