Organisation of Health Care Systems - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Report (35%) , Assignment 2 - Presentation (25%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,800.00
International 3,050.00

This unit provides a breakdown of the individual components that make up health care systems. You will examine regulation, governance, policy, funding and health care of specific groups. The unit discusses the delivery of health care and medical services, primary care and community health services. It compares the Australian health care system with those of other developed countries and concludes with a critical discussion of challenges facing the international health care systems and future trends.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. formulate an overview of the key features of health care systems including historical developments and international comparisons
  2. critically evaluate the financing of health care with particular reference to the roles and responsibilities of the government
  3. identify levels of care in relation to the health care needs of the Australian population
  4. describe the main components of and emerging trends in the health care work force
  5. define future challenges for the Australian health care system.
  • Assignment 1 — Report (35%)
  • Assignment 2 — Presentation (25%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Audio/Visual equipment — microphone on computer

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Health care as a system
2The health of the Australian population
3Financing health care
4Working in health care
5Shaping health care and the role of government
6Institutional health care
7Public health
8Primary health care
10Future directions in health care

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This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
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