Health Care Systems: Structure, Policy and People
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On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding and analyse current public health issues and controversies and critique the different public policy responses to health issues within Australia and internationally.
- Demonstrate understanding of, and describe how, the Australian health care system works.
- Review and critique public health policies and strategies.
- Map patient journeys through different parts of the health system, including acute care, primary care, rural health services and Indigenous health services.
- Develop specific oral and written communications, informed by appropriate evidence, to effectively communicate health care issues and research results to policy makers.
- Introduction to the Australian health care system / international health care systems / funding mechanisms
- Health policy: role, analysis and influences
- How the health system works on the ground: case studies
- Health system reform / integration
Successful completion and passing of four core open access courses and admission into the Bachelor of Health Service Management.
- Equipment requirements - Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lectures and other media). Headset, including microphone (highly recommended). Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or presentations).
- Software requirements - It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete your units. MyUni is the University of Adelaide's online learning environment. MyUni provides access to various features including announcements, course materials, discussion boards and assessments.
This subject was previously known as Reawakening Health Systems: People, Planning and Policy.
This is a time of major change in our health care system. The system must meet the health needs of all Australians at a time when health care costs are rapidly increasing and our population is ageing. How can we ensure our health care system is efficient, equitable and the expectations of all Australians are met? In this course, students will examine how our health care system currently works and explore the various strategies that could improve both the quality and effectiveness of the care that people receive. This will include studying health care policies and how they directly impact on people's lives; following the health care journeys of a variety of Australians to examine how the health care system functions at an individual level and how it interacts with other systems like the social and aged care systems and we will look briefly at how health care systems in other countries work. Students will learn a variety of practical skills such as how to analyse health polices, how to write a policy brief and the importance of advocacy in health care reform.
All assessment is assignment based.
- Quiz (10%)
- Tutorial and Discussion Board Participation (10%)
- Short Essay - Compare and contrast health systems in two countries (15%)
- Policy Brief - Evidence based policy brief for the Health Minister (30%)
- Case Study - Patient interactions with different stakeholders and agencies (35%)
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