Needs assessment When planning a health promotion intervention it is critical that the needs of a community have been considered. Health promotion practitioners should conduct a health needs assessment in order to gain appropriate information prior to commencing any community intervention. Case study The local government area of Wollongong City is expanding. Much of this growth is linked to the University of Wollongong campus. The University is home to domestic and international students. The transition to University life can be both positive and challenging. The University has a focus on wellbeing and is requesting proposals to address this. As part of your role as health promotion practitioners you have been recruited to conduct a needs assessment of students at the University of Wollongong. In doing this you will need to gain an understanding of the Wollongong community and the student body at the University of Wollongong. (5 marks) ii) Identify one primary and one secondary data source which will assist you to understand this community. Explain how these sources will help to increase your knowledge of this community (ensure you reference these sources) (5 marks). iii) Find two journal current articles (no older than 2008) where the authors have tried to understand the needs of students at University. Discuss the methods used in these articles which could be adopted to provide you with a better understanding of student needs at the University of Wollongong. Explain why they are appropriate and discuss the advantages and disadvantage of each method. (Quality of articles, critical analysis and discussion/11 marks). iv) Formatting, presentation and referencing (4 marks).
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