Assignment release date The outbreak scenario will be available on Monday, 31 July 2017 (Sydney AEST).
You will be provided with an outbreak scenario. Your response will be based this scenario, structured around 4 tasks. Each task is worth 15 marks.
It is important that you follow the instructions below in terms of the number of pages you include in your response. Marks will be deducted for excessively long responses and excessively short responses. One of the aims of this assignment is to practice expressing important, relevant and sufficient information concisely.
Task 1 You will analyse some artificial outbreak data that are provided and provide a one page (strictly one page) summary (like a conference abstract) that has an introduction, methods, results and conclusions of your analysis. The results will guide your response to the subsequent tasks.
Task 2 Prepare a one page (strictly one page) briefing note for the Chief Health Officer describing the outbreak, the results of your analysis, and your recommendations for controlling the outbreak.
Task 3 Prepare a one page (strictly one page) alert for clinicians in medical clinics serving the outbreak area. This should provide very brief and essential advice on the nature of the outbreak, and how clinicians providing primary care can support patient management and public health response.
Task 4 Prepare a one page (strictly one page) media release for the national health authorities to share with the media, that provides the general public with essential and appropriate information about the outbreak, how they can protect themselves and their loved ones, and how they can contribute to controlling the outbreak at the population level.
Consider the target audience relevant to each task. Consider the target audience’s knowledge of the topic when writing your response to each task.
In your response to each task, cite appropriate information or research. Your responses to each question must be referenced as per the referencing instructions in this Course Outline. Appropriate sources would include scientific literature, regional, national or international guidelines and reports, or textbooks. The documents you are being asked to prepare do not usually require citations. However, for this assignment, citations and referencing are required.
Your results must be presented in a single Microsoft Word or PDF document. You will upload your document to Turnitin – see Submit PHCM9731 (S2-17) A2. Turnitin will automatically check for possible plagiarism. Retain your digital receipt from Turnitin as proof of your submission. Include in your document a cover page. The cover page should include your student number and the name of your assignment. Important: do not include your name in the document you submit for marking.
Include references at the end of your document after the four pages of your response. If you are using numbered references, these don’t need to start at 1 in each task except the first one; you can continue the numbering sequentially across tasks.
We will aim to provide your mark and feedback to you within 10 business days of the due date.
Learning outcomes addressed
The questions will touch on all of the course learning outcomes:
Explain the role of disease surveillance in outbreak detection and investigation.
Describe best practice principles of outbreak investigations in diverse global settings.
Determine prevention and control measures for an outbreak response.
Analyse outbreak data to inform decision making.
Develop outbreak communications materials for various stakeholder audiences including health professionals and the general public.
Written assessment tasks will be assessed on:
Relevance (ie. to answering the question)
Research (ie. synthesis of literature)
Description (of issue/problem)
Expression (communication of ideas).