Subject details

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

  1. examine the key features of health care systems including historical developments and international comparisons
  2. critically evaluate the performance of health care systems
  3. apply a systems perspective to address the health care needs of a population
  4. anticipate future challenges for sustainable health care systems.
  • 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

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

Core
  • CUR-HIM-GDI-2018
  • CUR-HIM-GCE-2018
  • CUR-HIM-MAS-2018
Elective
  • CUR-HIM-GCE-2018
  • OUA-PSU-GCE-2018

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Audio/Visual equipment — microphone on computer

This subject takes a systems thinking approach to understanding how healthcare is organised. Students examine health system leadership and governance, policy, funding as well as access to health care of specific groups including indigenous, rural, mental health and aged care. Students discuss the benefits and challenges of delivering health care and medical services in the primary and community setting as well as future trends of health systems globally. Students will also compare different health systems from both developing and developed countries and critically appraise the challenges of delivering healthcare in different political, economic and cultural environments.

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.

  • Critical comparison report (50%)
  • Essay (50%)

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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