Health: HLTH 1029: Foundations of Health (SAIBT)

HLTH 1029: Foundations of Health (SAIBT)

This assignment help will get you started on your Assessment: Academic Paper.

World Health Organisation (WHO) Issue - a critical comparison across two countries. 

  • Choose a health topic of interest from the the WHO health topics list.
  • Select 2 countries to compare.
  • Create a title to identify your topic and countries of comparison.
  • Write an academic paper that meets the assessment expectations and format.
 Please refer the LearnOnline course site for specific assessment instructions.

Understand the task

The Student Engagement Unit's Academic Skills website has a number of resources to help make sense of the assignment and instruction words.

Using mind maps:

Choose your topic

This assignment requires you to choose a health topic and two countries to focus on.

Watch the video below on how to develop a focused research question from a topic of interest found on the World Health Organisation website.

To choose a topic:

  • Go to the WHO Health Topics page.
  • Select a health topic that interests you, e.g. diabetes.
  • Narrow down the topic by selecting one aspect, e.g. prevention of diabetes.
  • Use the country profile to select 2 suitable countries, e.g. Australia and China.
  • Create a question using your chosen areas, e.g. Prevention of diabetes in Australia and China.
For the rest of this assignment help guide, we will use the following example topic:
Prevention of diabetes in Australia and China 

Plan your search

To search effectively, it is important to first prepare a search strategy.  

1. Start by identifying the concepts (main ideas) from your assignment topic, then consider alternative words for these concepts. Together, these will become your searchable keywords.

Example topic: Prevention of diabetes in Australia and China 
Key Concept Synonyms and alternative concepts

prevent, intervention, control


diabetic, diabetics


Australian, Australians

China Chinese

2. Create a search string by combining your concepts using the connectors AND and OR. Use OR to combine all your similar concepts, and use AND to combine the different concepts.

Combined Search String: Using AND, OR
Line 1 prevention OR prevent OR intervention OR control
Connector AND
Line 2 diabetes OR diabetic OR diabetics
Connector AND
Line 3 Australia OR Australian OR Australians
Connector AND / OR
Line 4 China OR Chinese

You could use either AND or OR to combine the concepts Australia and China. Try both to see which delivers the best search results.

  Tip: You may find it better to run two searches: one for Australia and one for China.

 More help:

Search the Library Catalogue

The Library Catalogue can be a useful starting point in locating quality information.

Use the Library Catalogue to find:

  • books or ebooks
  • journals or journal articles
  • conference papers and newspaper articles

Learn to use the Library catalogue by working through the interactive tutorial below.

Find Journal Articles for your Assignment

Journals and journal articles are a great source of quality information.

They can be found by searching in databases. The Library has a wide range of health-related databases, but for this assignment you could start with Scopus.

To search in Scopus:

  • Type the first line of your search string into the search box.
  • Click the plus button on the right hand side.
  • Add the next line of your search string into the second search box.
  • Repeat these steps to add as many lines as needed.
  • Click the search button.

To refine your results:

  • Use the menu on the left hand side of the results page.
  • You may like to refine by publication date (e.g. 2014-2019).
  • You can also refine by document type (e.g. article).
  • Select the items you require and then click the limit to button.

 Tip: These search strategies can be applied when you are searching in other databases.

 More help:

Search Other Sources

Your assignment also suggests that you search beyond the Library databases.

Try Google Scholar to find material from educational and government websites.

Using Google Advanced Scholar Search:

  • Access Google Scholar through the Library homepage.
  • Click the menu button in the top left corner.
  • Select advance search to access more searching options.
  • Look for PDF links or 'Fulltext at UniSA' links to access the resource.

 Tip: It is important that you evaluate a website closely to ensure that the information is reliable.

 More help:

Evaluate your References

To do well in this assignment, you need to identify and use quality resources.

Once you have identified potential articles, you need to start evaluating them to determine which articles are the most relevant and appropriate.

Write your Assignment

Demonstrating appropriate academic writing skills will help you succeed in this assignment.

View the Student Engagement Unit's Academic Skills website for help writing your assignment, or to make an appointment with SEU staff.


Your assignment requires you to reference correctly in the Harvard UniSA style.

If you fail to reference correctly you will be required to fix your references and resubmit your assignment.

Use the Referencing Roadmap to learn how to reference different resources correctly.

 More help:

If you need help, just ask!

Navigate to the Ask the Library webpage. Navigate to the UniSA study help pals webpage. Navigate to the Studiosity webpage. Navigate to the Learning Advisors' webpage.
Contact: Ask the Library Ask: the Study Help PALs Use: Studiosity Talk to: Learning Adviser