At Oxford University Press we create Australian health and human development textbooks that provide students with the practical skills needed for their career. These textbooks cover a broad range of subjects across social work and human development, public health and allied health, and include popular textbooks such as Healthy Ageing and Aged Care, Communication for Health Care Practice, and Mental Health in Australia.
Practical textbooks designed to create confident health care practitioners.
Our health and human development textbooks focus on delivering real-world case studies and practical examples to provide context to how each theory is relevant in practice. We create content that is designed to teach the practical skills and critical thinking skills needed for students to become confident practitioners across the Australian health care system.
Available in a range of formats at affordable prices.
We publish relevant and affordable academic resources to prepare students for work in their chosen health profession. Each title published since 2017 is available in paperback, eBook and eBook rental format, providing your students with content flexibility and price choice.
Our health sciences textbooks prepare students to be
career-ready across multiple disciplines.
We recognise the interprofessional nature of health care delivery, which is why we create health textbooks across multiple health disciplines. Our authors and contributors are experts in their field and provide a range of insights for undergraduates and postgraduates to use throughout their degree and into professional practice.
Featured health sciences textbooks
The New Public Health
- A comprehensive book on new public health
- Reflects recent developments in the theory, practice and direction of new public health
- Integrates knowledge from a range of disciplines, methodologies and perspectives as they relate to public health.
Petra Buettner & Reinhold Muller
- A methodological and practical guide to conducting evidence-based quantitative research in all health sciences
- Includes tips, key definitions and critical thinking exercises to engage readers with key concepts
- Case studies provide insight into current Australian and international epidemiological research.
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Social Determinants of Health
- Introduces various topics related to health and well-being in the context of a conceptual framework of determinants of health.
- Provides an understanding of the causes of health, rather than just the effects of health status in society.
- Contains free-standing chapters all linked through the framework of social determinants of health.
Food, Nutrition and Health
- Introduces important areas of Indigenous food security, social connections with food, and aspects of food science.
- Includes extended coverage of nutrition, society and the human lifecycle.
- Engages students with Cases and Research at Work to provide real-life examples that expand on the themes being explored in the chapter.
Health and Human Behaviour
- Introduces students to the different models of thinking around health.
- The authors demonstrate that wellness and illness are more than biological states, but are also social and personal events.
- Includes two new chapters on Activity, Eating and Body, and Health Literacy.
Governing for Health
- An ideal text for students and courses in health equity, public health, and social science.
- A timely, thoroughly researched case for policy and governance centered on public health.
- Includes innovative "well-being manifesto" — a guide for politicians who want to govern for health and equity.
The New Public Health
- Reflects the recent developments in public health theory, practice and methodologies.
- Covers a broad scope of the new public health visions, and the challenges that confront the health sector, public health, and other areas that will continue to shape our health now, and in the future.
Ethics for Health Care
- Encourages students to develop their skills in ethical reasoning.
- Shows techniques for dealing effectively with contemporary ethics issues faced by professionals in the everyday health care setting.
- Takes students through the process of training to work in health care, to meeting a patient, and contributing to that person’s care.
The Australian Health Care System
- A compelling and updated examination of historical and recent reforms to the health system.
- Expanded coverage on important issues including Indigenous Health and the changing nature of Australian federalism
- New and updated case studies explore topical issues and highlight real-world policy and debates.
- Introduces students to the theories, concepts, issues and contexts of health sociology.
- Includes comprehensive online resources with innovative teaching and learning materials.
- Supports student learning and development through Chapter introductory vignettes, Pause and Reflect questions, and up-to-date documentaries and films that relate to chapter themes.
Understanding Health Promotion
- Draws on the authors’ research to focus on strategic approaches to health promotion practice.
- Helpful ‘Guidebooks’ are integrated throughout and contain practical information about the many resources available to health promotion practitioners.
- Case studies and suggested models for practice are used to support a skills-development focus.
Health, Illness and Well-being
- Introduces students to some of the important ideas that underlie the field of public health today.
- Shows the forces and trends that combine to shape the health of individuals, communities, and populations.
- Rich pedagogical features including ‘Mythbusters’ to counteract misconceptions and encourage students to question preconceived notions.
A Guide to Clinical Skills for Health Students
- Trusted guidebook for students in Aotearoa New Zealand studying across a range of clinical health degrees.
- Engages students through helpful information on anatomy, highlights key terms and lists useful references.
- Contains tools that students can use to record their learning and develop their professional portfolios.
Communications Across the Lifespan
- Prepare students entering health, disability and related fields to engage effectively with people of all ages and life experiences.
- Covers health and wellness issues from the perspective of patients and professionals.
- Supports student learning with key terms, reflection points, review questions and case studies illustrate theory to practice.
Health, Wellbeing and Environment in Aotearoa New Zealand
- Provides a sound introduction to the concepts of health and wellbeing within the New Zealand environment.
- Informed by current issues and debate and examines the cultural, political, social and environmental contexts of health.
- Written to foster students’ critical thinking and analysis.
Clinical and Fieldwork Placement in the Health Professions
- Covers broader issues such as getting ready for placement, students role, rights and responsibilities, supervision, assessment and working in teams.
- Provides information on a variety of clinical fieldwork placement settings, and how to prepare for each.
Youth Health and Welfare
- Offers new perspectives on the contemporary health issues of young people.
- Explores ways in which young people seek to manage their wellbeing and outlines new practices and ideas for professional development.
- Draws on research from a variety of Australian and international sources.
- Introduces public health and health promotion, focusing on the social determinants of health and primary health care as a means of achieving greater fairness, social justice and health equity.
- Supports student learning through revised and updated chapters with current research and practice examples.
Indigenous Australians and Health
- Assists students to appreciate and understand the importance of ‘getting it right’ when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in urban and remote areas.
- Outlines fundamental and underlying components that continue to influence good health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Population Health, Communities and Health Promotion
- This text covers community health, population health and health promotion.
- Covers the process of assessing the health needs of a community and how to plan, implement and evaluate a health promotion project for a particular group.
- Features case studies and examples from communities in developing and developed countries.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' Health and Wellbeing
- Written by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander author and a non-Indigenous author, representing interprofessional collaboration.
- Addresses the need to reorient mainstream health to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ ways.
- Includes videos highlighting personal experiences within the healthcare sector.
Inclusive Practice for Health Professionals
- Equips students with critical knowledge of the social, political and cultural factors that influence health care in Australia.
- Examines the key concepts, influences and strategies of inclusive practice to help students and professionals develop best practice skills for working in complex and diverse healthcare settings.
Mental Health Nursing
- Equips students with the skills they need to support those experiencing mental illness.
- Demonstrates how to apply assessment processes to treat practice, work with consumers with a range of disorders, and apply nursing convention strategies in order to achieve best practice outcomes.
- Assists nursing and allied health students in their understanding of psychotropic medications.
- Covers treatment monitoring through a range of care plans and interventions and provides strategies for minimising risks.
- Critical thinking exercises related to a particular disorder assist students to consider various pharmacologic care contexts, challenges and practices.
Becoming a Nurse
- Equips student nurses with the core knowledge and skills necessary for their undergraduate program and clinical placement.
- Covers key topics in nursing including the Australian healthcare system, communication technologies, leadership and evidence-based practice.
- Rich with features to support student learning and competency development.
Communication for Health Care Practice
- Equips students with useful communication skills to help them become confident communicators in a professional health care setting.
- Focuses on client-oriented communication strategies that advance client well-being while also developing students’ appreciation of the diversity and complexity of communication in health care organisations.
Ethical Practice in Applied Psychology
- Helps prepare Australian students for registration through an exploration of ethical principles, providing the basis for psychological practice.
- Written to align with the Australian Psychological Society’s Code of Ethics and Ethical Guidelines.
- Supports student learning through excellent case examples, key terms, margin notes and questions to consider.
Psychotherapy and Counselling
- Presents engaging and in-depth case studies that illuminate the private work of psychotherapy and counselling.
- Includes Australian case examples and stories from practitioners, clients and consumers.
- Reflective practice questions and activities in each chapter encourage students to reflect on what they’ve learnt and connect theory to practice.
Study and Communication Skills for Psychology
- Reviews the essential skills a psychology student needs to develop over the course of their undergraduate studies.
- Includes examples and advice to help students master the skills being explored.
- New chapter on critical thinking provides students with practical, step-by-step guidance on getting to grips with this necessary skill.
Psychological Testing and Assessment
- A comprehensive introduction to theory, research, and best practice for psychological testing and assessment.
- Includes a wider representation of current tests recommended by the Psychology Board of Australia.
- New case examples illustrate controversies and legal cases, showing real-world application of theory.
Social Research Methods
- A beginner’s guide to Australian and New Zealand social research practices.
- Presents the requisite introductory skills within a framework of exciting, up-to-date, relevant Australian and New Zealand research.
- Supports student learning with new chapters and expands on difficult areas.
Communication Skills Guidebook
- A concise guidebook that equips students with the essential academic and communication skills they need to succeed at university
- Outlines how to write a good essay, construct a sound argument, and present research findings
- Includes tips and examples including common assignment instructions.
Essential Academic Skills
- A step-by-step approach to the core skills of finding sources, reading, writing, listening, speaking and researching within a university context.
- Comprehensive coverage of the essential assessment skills needed for success at university
- Academic language support relevant to all university study and specific for each skill.
- A practical, step-by-step guide to improving skills in analysis, critical thinking, and the effective communication of arguments and explanations
- Provides detailed advice on how to practice better analytical skills and demonstrates how these skills can be used in research and writing
- Emphasises how to develop arguments that are coherent and take account of their audience and context.
The Research Process
- A concise and approachable introduction to research
- Guides students through the research process, analysing and demonstrating a variety of research methods
- Assumes no prior knowledge of research and takes a non-statistical, non-mathematical approach.
- A methodological and practical guide to conducting evidence-based quantitative research in all health sciences.
- Includes tips, key definitions and critical thinking exercises to engage readers with key concepts.
- Case studies provide insight into current Australian and international epidemiological research.
Social Research Methods
- Unrivalled coverage of both quantitative and qualitative methods.
- Guides students through the whole research process from formulating a research question to writing up their findings.
- Packed full of practical tips and advice to help students undertake their own dissertation and research while avoiding common pitfalls.
How to do your Social Research Project or Dissertation
- Straight-talking, easy-to-navigate, and reassuring guide to support final-year social science undergraduates.
- Focuses on practical advice to prepare students for the realities of doing a research project.
- Expert advice from real supervisors across the subject disciplines help students to make the most of research supervision.
Research Methods in Nursing and Midwifery
- A clear introduction to the principles used in research and systematic reviews for evidence-based practice.
- Each chapter builds upon knowledge to cover specific research methods, populations, sampling, data collection, and analysis.
- Supports students learning with easy-to-read flowcharts, practical examples and tips, practice exercises and additional resources.
Oxford Minidictionary for Nurses
- A pocket-sized dictionary written by medical and nursing specialists.
- Offers more than 10,300 clear and concise entries on the theory and practice of nursing.
- Provides comprehensive coverage of the ever-expanding vocabulary of the nursing professions.
Communication Research Methods
- Ideal for research methods courses covering multiple methodologies.
- A research-as-argument approach to help students become effective researchers and more insightful consumers of research.
- Discusses a broad range of traditional and contemporary methods and considering ethics in designing, conducting, and reporting research.