One of the challenges facing health professionals is providing health and social support to vulnerable groups, including those who are marginalised on the basis of identity, association, experience and lifestyle. Marginalisation is the social process of being made marginal (being separated from the rest of society, occupying the fringes, and of lower social standing). Marginalisation, which is often the outcome of stigmatisation and discrimination, has a negative impact on health because marginalised people have poor access to the social determinants of health.
This assignment will provide students with an opportunity to understand the impact of marginalisation on vulnerable populations in Singapore and to propose processes for ameliorating the effects of marginalisation on health and wellbeing.
the marginalised group : people with physical disabilty . (wheelchair dependent for mobility)
1. How/why this population group is marginalised
2. The impact of the social determinants of health on the marginalised group
3. The limitations of the biomedical model
4. The role of the three sectors: government, private and civil society (which includes non-
government organisations)
5. Barriers to accessing services/support
6. A human rights approach to improving health and reducing marginalisation
Design and Content
• Create a presentation in PowerPoint
• Provide a clear Introduction and Conclusion
• Demonstrate research in the form of references from academic, government and non-
government sources (both on slides and in reference list).
• Aim for visual engagement (e.g. written text, colour, photographs, links to videos)
• Include individual student’s name on the slides for which they provided the
research/content –this is essential for the individual component of the marking guide
• Include a list of references for figures and tables on a separate slide and a reference list of
in-text references, on separate slide(s)
• The title slide should clearly identify the marginalised population
• Use the Introduction to tell the audience about your main stance or position on the needs of the marginalised group. In other words, provide a thesis statement: What are the main health and social issues? What would improve the current situation?
• Do not use the Introduction to provide a Table of Contents
define key terms as they apply to their marginalised population. The content may be sourced academic literature, government and non-government sources, including web- based reports. Group members will need to share information with each other to avoid overlap of content and to develop a coherent and comprehensive presentation.
Your presentation will:
• Critically discuss issues and factors contributing to the marginalisation, stigma and/ or
discrimination of your allocated population in Singapore.
• Explain why a focus on the social determinants of health is necessary to understand the issues faced by your marginalised population.
• Explain the limitations of the biomedical system with regard to addressing the needs of your marginalised population
• Identify and analyse current services for members of your marginalised population (as provided by government, private sector and/or civil society). Do these sectors work in partnership or do they have different agendas and goals?
• Identify barriers to the uptake of appropriate health and social services and propose recommendations to improve health equity. For example, consider ways that social determinants of health and cultural determinants, such as age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, migrant experience, socio-economic status or religion affect access.
• Explain how a human rights approach (e.g., drawing on the Declaration of Human Rights) could reduce the marginalisation, stigmatisation and/or discrimination of your target population. Is there a “success story” from another country or an international agency where the human rights of this marginalised group have been improved by positive intervention?
Provide some critical discussion of findings before the Conclusion (or provide critical analysis in each section of the presentation. Re-states the thesis statement. Is the group left with questions about the issues the target population faces? Look to the future. Any recommendations?

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