A topic analysis will help you to clarify and understand what your assessment question is asking you to do.
You will generally be given three key pieces of information:
For your MHP115 Assessment item 1, you are required to reflect on the statement below and answer the three questions:
The focus of your Health Information Circular is to be ONE of the following two substances:
In the information you provide in the Health Information Circular about the substance, you are to:
provide an overview of the substance, together with the trends and prevalence of its use in Australia, with a focus on Indigenous Australians;
discuss the physical effects that this substance has on the human body;
discuss how the substance can affect the mental health of a person;
discuss the potential social and emotional, financial and environmental outcomes of the substance on individuals, families, and communities, with a focus on Indigenous Australians;
discuss the range of health interventions and/or treatment for Indigenous Australian individuals and families experiencing issues with the use of the substance. Include the strategies of ‘harm minimisation’ and ‘abstinence’.
Few examples for Alcohol:
|Key Concepts||Aboriginal Australians, mental healths; Alcohol trends, social and emotional, financial and environmental|
|Keywords||Alcohol, indigenous, "mental health", Australia*, "harm minimisation". abstinence|
Write down the key concepts from your topic and have a go at brainstorming as many alternative keywords and phrases as possible.
Thinking about your topic in this way forces you to describe your topic in "other words", which will provide you with some useful keyword alternatives as well as help you to cement your understanding of the topic.
Dictionaries and encyclopaedias can help you to find additional keywords and get an overview of the concept.
Oxford Reference Online is a huge repository of subject-specific dictionaries, encyclopaedias, and other reference-type material.