Subject details

On successful completion of the subject you should be able to:

  1. review the Australian health care system
  2. evaluate the main stages in the public policy making process
  3. discuss theoretical perspectives in public policy analysis, including economic, political science, sociological and public health perspectives
  4. identify policies affecting the health workforce
  5. analyse the influence of public health policies
  6. criticise health policies affecting disadvantaged consumer groups
  7. discuss health policy reform and consider the possible future health policy developments in Australia.
    • Overview of the Australian Healthcare system.
    • Introduction to public policy analysis.
    • State and Commonwealth responsibilities and the health workforce.
    • Public health, medical services and technology.
    • Equity in healthcare.
    • Health policy reforms and future trends in health policy.
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
    • Online materials

      • Online Assessment
      • Quizzes


Enrolment in a Graduate degree.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject will provide students with an overview of health policy and discusses analysis of health care and public policy in Australia. It will consider the political, economic, social and epidemiological contexts within which health policies develop and the forces that promote and oppose change. Health policies will be examined to investigate issues of policy, governance and leadership in the health sector.

ESSAY: Students are required to choose one of the essay topics below; Topic One: Workforce Issues - How do you envisage the health workforce of the future? Discuss the key drivers and barriers to reform. Topic Two: Disadvantaged groups - Identify one disadvantaged group (for example women, men, immigrants, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people with disabilities, older persons) and discuss the key strategies adopted by policy makers in attempting to meet the healthcare needs of the disadvantaged group. Topic Three: Public Health - Choose an area of public health (e.g: health for all Australians, healthy cities, health assessments, tobacco smoking, HIV/AIDS, drugs and alcohol, occupational health and safety) and discuss why policies regarding public health are of benefit to the larger community. (40%) ONLINE DISCUSSION BOARD: For modules 1, 4 & 5, students are expected to actively contribute to the discussion topic that will be posted on the discussion board. The Unit Coordinator will moderate the discussion. On-line discussions are intended to encourage peer learning, drawing on the rich diversity of experience and knowledge in the unit cohort. Your learning will benefit from other’s thoughts, experiences, insights and opinions and you will have the opportunity to contribute to their learning. In the discussion process you should critically consider and assess the topic and the responses to the discussion topics that other students have contributed and provide your own carefully considered thoughts and analysis. Sufficient time is provided for in-depth discussion to occur. (30%) QUIZZES: Online quizzes on module content. (30%)

  • Academic Essay (40%)
  • Online Discussion Board (30%)
  • Quizzes (30%)

Textbook information is pending.

Textbook information is pending.