Subject details

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

  1. critique the socio-political influences over policy and decision-making processes
  2. using theoretical frameworks and concepts, conduct comprehensive analyses of policy processes (agenda setting, consultation, formulation, implementation and evaluation), decision-making processes and stakeholders analysis
  3. using policy and decision-making models, critique governments' responses to a wide range of priority health issues
  4. develop strategies for influencing policy change that take account of actor power, politics and evidence-based practice.
  • Topics
    • Health, society and the role of government
    • The policy process and the policy cycle
    • Identifying issues for policy
    • Health policy design
    • Health policy implementation
    • Health care as a system
    • The Australian health care system
    • Globalisation and health care systems
    • Privatisation, politics
    • Power and professionalism
    • Development and aid and equity in health care
  • Study resources
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as HTHM801 Health Policy.

Understanding the influence of actors, power relations, politics, social determinants and evidence on policies and decision making in relation to health care system.

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  • Assignment 1 - Essay (20%)
  • Assignment 2 - Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Assignment 3 - Report (40%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

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