This course explores the social, political and cultural issues related to physical and mental health and wellbeing in Australian and International communities. These issues will be explored within the lens of the social origins of health. It will critique the bio-medical origins of health and explore alternative theoretical frameworks, such as social determinants of health, social origins of health, psychosocial and ecological practice models. Particular attention will be given to social determinants of health and how race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender and trauma impact on the wellbeing of communities. It will explore how health policy impacts on different and diverse communities and their impact on health equity and access to services for differently placed individuals and communities.