HLTH510 – Written Assignment: case scenario (2500 words) Weight 50%

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This case presents the issues of Peter, a man living with his wife, Gail on the edges of a regional town. Read the scenario then respond in your assignment to the following questions.

Peter is a 35-year-old man who lives with his wife and two children, aged 10 and 7 years, on a small property just outside a large regional town. Peter grew up on a farm three hours’ drive north but is now well established in the regional town. He works as a middle level manager in a construction business. He consults a local general practitioner, Dr Mercedes, for a first visit because he has been experiencing insomnia and loss of energy. Peter adds that one of his workmates has recently been diagnosed with leukaemia. Dr Mercedes has only ten minutes allocated to see Peter and performs a quick physical examination and takes some blood. She asks Peter to return in one week. At the second visit to Dr Mercedes, Peter is told that no physical problem was found on his blood tests.  The doctor is at pains to rule out the possibility of leukaemia. Peter appears relieved. The doctor prescribes a short acting benzodiazepine, temazepam for his sleep. She asks Peter to return in a month if things have not improved.


Suggested structure

  1. Introduction: state briefly what you intend to do in the assignment (150 words)
  2. Body: Explore the nature of Peter’s problem in depth? Consider what he would like to work on and identify concurrent issues that directly impact on this issue. Back this up through current literature (350 words)
  3. In a regional area such as the one Peter lives, what are the barriers to mental health care? Provide a critique of regional health services as they pertain to mental health at primary, secondary and tertiary prevention levels. Provide comparisons between urban and regional settings in Australia and extend your discussion to include initiatives worldwide which may help challenge some of the current practices facing Peter (500 words)
  4. What do you think are his most pressing concerns? Identify at least one issue for both Peter and Gail, give an in-depth account of each concern and examine the evidence-based interventions that are available. Ensure you identify and critically analyse the level of evidence of the interventions and provide examples from the literature of research that has demonstrated this evidence. Using Peter’s existing strengths, determine what resources Peter may already possess, to help overcome his problem. (800 words)
  5. Using an inter-professional team approach provide examples of care that can work harmoniously across discipline groups in order to provide Peter and Gail the best possible interventions (400 words)
  6. Conclusion: Tie all of your finding together and give a concise summary of what you have found (300 words)

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