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The Australian Health Care System
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The University of Notre Dame Australia is committed to delivering an excellent student experience, alongside a high standard of teaching, research, and training. As a leader in ethical education, Notre Dame aims to develop students’ critical reasoning and their ability to make ethical decisions—crucial skills to progressing their careers and leading purposeful lives. At Notre Dame, students navigate their future with an ethical education online.
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On completion of this course students should be able to achieve the following learning outcomes:
- Critique the structure, function and regulatory framework of Australia’s health system.
- Appraise the role of public policy in promoting health and preventing disease.
- Evaluate evidence-based approaches to tackling inequity and addressing the needs of vulnerable populations.
- Explore the role of person-centred care, patient experience and the influence of consumer expectations and advocacy in the Australian health care system.
- Health Systems - Australia and the world
- The anatomy of the health system
- Facing Inequity
- Driving quality performance
- The future of health care
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
No additional requirements
This course will examine the structure, financing and delivery in the Australian Health Care System, including the roles and responsibilities of the Federal and State Governments along with the private sector. The principles of public health policies, including prevention, screening and early detection, disaster management and national infection prevention and control measures; and how they can influence the health of the community will be explored. Students will be encouraged to critically appraise the current Australian health system and policies, compared to key features and performance of other health systems from around the world. The course will also equip students with a basic understanding of health system design and measurement of performance. Using a case study approach, students will be challenged to identify the key elements of a health care system that is affordable, sustainable and of high quality. The emerging focus on person and family centred care and the challenges of chronic disease, health risk management and introduction of new and emerging technologies will also be examined. An online learning format will include lectures from health industry leaders featuring the latest data and evidence; interactive workshops with expert panels; and small group discussion exploring online resources.
- Assessment of engagement and participation (20%)
- Written report (50%)
- Presentation (30%)
Current study term: 01 Aug 21 to 05 Nov 21
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