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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Health care as a system
    • The health of the Australian population
    • Financing health care
    • Working in health care
    • Shaping health care and the role of government
    • Institutional health care
    • Public health
    • Primary health care
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Future directions in health care
  • Study resources
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links

At the completion of this subject 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 - Non-Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Assignment 2 - Report (35%)
  • Assignment 3 - Presentation (25%)

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

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Audio/Visual equipment — microphone on computer

This subject 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 subject 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.

Please Note: If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

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