Summer School Essays

Participants doing the Intermed summer school prior to the commencement of the Graduate Certificate and Diploma had the option to do the course for credit, which included a written exam and a major essay. The list of essay topics from 2008-2013, presented below, show the broad and diverse range of international health and development issues that were researched. A number of essays in 2012 and 2013 can be accessed, with the permission of the author, from the links below.


  • The Global Issue of Refugee Health with special reference to Refugees arriving in North-Eastern Tasmania: A Health Needs Analysis and Description of the Initial Development of Local Medical Services.
  • A review of the Aboriginal Health Worker and their role in culturally appropriate maternity care in Australia, 2000 – 2008.
  • The impact on health status of loss of traditional roles of Indigenous males in remote Australia and the effects on primary health care delivery to these groups.
  • Community Health workers:  Factors in their recruitment and retention in rural areas.
  • Primary Health care in developing countries: a comparative review of selected programmes.
  • Effective Treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Refugees and Migrants from developing countries.
  • Overseas mission: the potential positive and negative experiences for the children in missionary families – a brief review of the literature.
  • Indigenous Health in Australia: Third World Health in a First World Country.
  • The use of Essential Medicine Lists in developing countries and the impact of TRIPS on access to essential medications”.
  • The culture, implications and recommendations surrounding the practice of female genital mutilation.


  • Community participation and maternal mortality.
  • Malaria and Pregnancy.
  • An overview of prevention and treatment options for pregnant mothers with malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa!
  • The importance of breastfeeding in developing countries.
  • Attitudes towards Family Planning in Islamic communities.
  • Conflict, Disability and Health: Post-conflict disability, its burden upon the health system and strategies to address these issues within the occupied Palestinian territories.
  • What impact does the provision of wheelchairs for people with a disability have in meeting the Millennium Development Goals and what are the issues and challenges associated with wheelchair provision in less resourced settings?
  • An Overview of the Mental Health of Refugees.
  • Malaria:  The non-drug methods of minimising malarial transmission.
  • Disability and Rehabilitation in Cambodia.
  • Malaria: How to prevent expatriates catching malaria in Vanuatu on a short-term and long-term basis.


  • The role of Traditional Birth Attendants in training and reduction in maternal mortality.
  • Malaria - a leading cause of morbidity & mortality in Papua New Guinea.  How Insecticide Treated Nets can make a difference.
  • Primary Health Care of Indigenous Women in New Zealand: Influences - past, present and future.
  • How effective have the principles of primary health care and community development been in addressing the issues surrounding Aboriginal health in Australia?
  • Mental health challenges in middle income countries: a look at Malaysia and China.
  • Teaching Personal Hygiene in a Vocational School in East Asia


  • A review of the optimal physiological composition of Oral Rehydration Therapy for developing contexts
  • The role of faith-based organisation in health around the world and the role of the Lutheran Church in health in Central Australia
  • Abortion: A Position Paper
  • An Overview: Australian Indigenous health and poverty: How are they related?
  • Discuss the influence of culture on rehabilitation.
  • Palliative Care in the developing world: an analysis of current practices and proposed education framework for undergraduate nurses in developing countries.


  • The Impact of Anaemia on Maternal Health in PNG
  • A Review of Existing Methodologies of HIV/AIDS Preventative Education for Adolescents in Uganda
  • Hope for Central Australia
  • Interrupting the Infection - Secondary Malnutrition Cycle within
  • A review: Health in Southeast Asia- a growing concern: Myanmar
  • The doctor to the disadvantaged
  • Child health of refugees in Australia
  • Setting up a clinic to treat casualties of the Arab Spring
  • The Community: are they involved in fighting against HIV-AIDS burden
  • Maternal and Child Health in Rwanda: strengths and challenges


  • Palliative Care in Developing Countries
  • Malaria – A disease of the poor. A cause and a consequence of poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Dental Caries in rural populations of the Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea
  • The impact of trauma in developing countries
  • Reducing maternal morbidity and mortality from Postpartum Haemorrhage (PPH in developing countries: a midwifery perspective)
  • Achieving Best outcomes for Intellectually Disabled (ID) Children in Low and Middle Income Countries (LAMICs): What is being done?
  • Determining the Optimal Choice of Infant Nutrition in Developing Countries During the First Six Months of Life: Breast Milk Vs Formula
  • Networking between community health programs: a team-work approach to improving health service provision 
  • Palliative care
  • Tuberculosis: Prevalence and Non-drug Prevention in Malawi, Africa
  • Exploring Australia’s ‘Gap’: What is it exactly?
  • Obesity today and what is our responsibility as Christians
  • Dear Australia: A Call to a Silent Nation
  • A Social Perspective on Addressing Indigenous Health Inequality


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