The aim of this assignment is to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of
community health nursing concepts and principles, specifically community profile and needs
assessment, as well as community engagement. You will also demonstrate your ability to
collect and analyse community-level data and plan a community needs assessment.
This written assignment will address learning outcomes 1, 2 and 3.
You are a community nurse who works in a local community health service. As part of your
role, you supervise undergraduate health students on their community health placement.
Most of these students have never lived or worked in the area where this service is located
and know very little about this local community. You believe it would be helpful for students
to have more information about the community.
You decide to write a briefing paper that describes community assessment. You plan to
include a description of the community and data summarising the social determinants of
health and how to engage with the community to explore health issues / unmet health needs
Choose ONE Queensland community from the list below.
• Charters Towers
Research your chosen community, e.g., location, key features, population, and sociodemographics.
As part of this research you should review the latest (2016) census
data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for the community, Queensland and
AND then present as Two Tables for Part A, using the templates provided on Pages 5 & 6.
1. Create and populate Table 1 with 2016 ABS census data and present data for your
community, Queensland and Australia. You need to present eleven characteristics in
total for Table 1 (the six provided plus five others of your choice). Create and populate
Table 2 by analyzing the data determined from your community data to outline three
inferences about the population characteristics (see example Tables from workshops).
Write a 1,500-word essay in which you describe the process of community assessment
and explain your assessment of the community of choice. In your essay, you must:
2. Introduce the task and include a thesis statement that argues the importance of
undertaking community assessment
3. Discuss the purpose of community assessment and explain this concept (what it is,
why it is undertaken, when and how it is performed), with reference to scholarly
4. Describe the key characteristics of your chosen community
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5. Describe three social determinants of health in relation to the community data for your
chosen community and identify a vulnerable community subgroup that may have
health issues / unmet health needs
6. Discuss community needs assessment and describe how you would engage with the
identified vulnerable community subgroup to explore their health issues / unmet
7. Clearly summarise what was covered in the assignment and conclude the task
without introducing any new information.
8. Reference throughout as per APA 6th edition
9. Ensure essay conforms to expected standards for academic writing and presentation
Always refer to the Griffith Health Writing and Referencing Guide
Write in the third person and use academic language throughout your assignment.
Refer to the marking criteria when writing your assignment. This will assist
you to calculate the weightings of the sections for your assignment and
provide a suggested word count for each section. Word lengths provided for
each section are suggestions only.
The use of headings is recommended, as this is a briefing paper, but must
reflect the marking criteria headings (without the numbers) for each section.
Use the template provided (see Table 1) to present ABS census data in a
table format. The table does not need to be in APA format but should be
referenced. The table should be included before the body of the assignment
as Part A.
Use the template provided (see Table 2) to present your inferences. The
table does not need to be in APA format but should be referenced. The table
should be included before the body of the assignment as Part A.
Provide a separate introduction and conclusion to your assignment.
The assignment is supported by at least eight and a maximum of 15 quality,
relevant sources from the scholarly literature, which are from 2010 onwards
Include a title sheet with your Student ID number and the stated word count.
The word limit is 1,500 words. Word limits for assessment items need to be strictly
adhered to. The word limit for an assessment item includes in text citations, tables
and quotations. The word limit DOES NOT include the reference list or the Tables.
Please note the marker will cease marking your submitted work once they have
reached the allocated word limit.
Examine the Turnitin report for your draft assignment. Your table of data may show a
high text-match, but this will not be used as the basis of reporting an academic
integrity concern. If you have text-matching identified in the written section of the
assignment, this may be used as the basis for reporting an academic integrity