Choose one of the below vSIM Focus areas: Type 2 Diabetes: COPD


This assessment requires you to plan and design a health promotion project plan.

Purpose of the assessment

As you progress through your nursing career you will identify areas where health promotion (including health education) is required to change behaviours. This assignment provides you with knowledge of the skills and processes used in preparing health promotion resources. Importantly it encourages you to identify that any form of health promotion (or even health education) should be designed to meet the needs of the target group and involve some form of community consultation to ascertain the need and acceptance of the health promotion. This assessment provides opportunity to develop your own health promotion project.

Learning outcomes that align to this task

LO1 Analyse the scope of community nursing (acute, non-acute, chronic and palliative care) and interprofessional practice in Australia.
LO2 Appraise advances in and limitations of Primary Health Care (PHC) in Australia and globally.
LO4 Demonstrate knowledge and skills in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care of patients, families or communities within community settings. 
LO5 Analyse issues related to health outcomes, compliance and chronic disease management.
LO7 Integrate the principles of occupational health and safety, risk assessment and nursing practice within community settings.


2000 words including in-text and excluding end-text referencing (10% leniency either way)


Week 6, 11.59pm Wednesday



1. Choose one of the below vSIM Focus areas (or choose another chronic health condition of your particular interest, aligned with the National Health Priority Areas )

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • COPD

2. Prepare a detailed and innovative health promotion project plan for your chosen vSIM focus area/National Health Priority and Health issue in an Australian community (Indigenous or non-Indigenous).

3. Make sure you follow the outlined 8 assessment criteria below.

4. The health promotion project plan should be in the form of one of the following:

  • Education on risk factors awareness and illness prevention
  • Education on illness management (such as how to manage hypertension to prevent stroke)



  • Ensure timely completion of study materials that you should have covered in sessions 1-6 before commencing this assessment as information pertaining to the above criteria can be found in the learning materials
  • Visit the AIHW web site and explore the available resources
  • Conduct further research using library resources and review other websites and journal articles.
  • Please contact your unit coordinator if you are unsure of how to get started.
  • Watch the following presentation that may assist you with understanding of concepts of self-management of chronic conditions:


Your health promotion plan should address the following criteria:

  1. A description of your specific target group and community (for example: adult males indigenous [or specify other ethnicity or particular community]; aged 40-60 years (or chose another age bracket), with a diagnosis of COPD, have a family history of diabetes, or are overweight or obese). This contributes to making your health promotion specific and focussed. Justify why you have chosen this particular target group.
  2. A detailed outline of why this health promotion will benefit your target group. For example, how you anticipate it will improve health outcomes for the chosen target group/community. Include health data/statistics to back up this as a health concern, such as burden of disease.
  3. A description of what your goals/ aims for your health promotion are and what the health promotion project is aiming to achieve (review the SMART mnemonic on page 215 of the set text Fleming & Parker, 2015 Introduction to Public Health, 3E – in the Readings section).
  4. Identify which of the Health Promotion Management Perspectives (primary, secondary or tertiary) this falls into and explain why (Health Promotion Management Perspectives are classified as primary, secondary or tertiary- to find out more about this refer to the attached (page 316 of the set text Fleming & Parker, 2015 Introduction to Public Health, 3E)
  5. Identify who the stakeholders will be for the project, and what community consultationwill take place. Explain the roles of the identified stakeholders in your project.
  6. Present a specific and original health message/ logo that you have developed for your health promotion project (examples: Your smoking harms others; Slip, Slop, Slap!).  Make sure this would be appropriate for your target group.
  7. Provide a detailed outline of what the health promotion activity will entail and how youwill promote this to the target group. Look at other health promotion activities for ideas such as the Breast Cancer Mother’s Day Classic Fun Run or the posters you see around the community.  Consider what sort of resources will work to get the message out to your target group such as newspapers, sports event, school visit, radio- what will work for your target audience)
  8. An outline of how you plan to evaluate the success of your health promotion.  Evaluation is an important step, research to find the best way to assess if your health promotion worked. Explain how will you know if you have achieved your goals.

**This is not medical surgical nursing- it is health promotion aimed at the community level- so please do not focus on pathophysiology.

Any health statistics used for your assignment can be based on the overall Australian population (if you will not find data for a specific suburb or target group).