The Australian Health Care System
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- 25 Jul 2022
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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 structure, financing and delivery of health care in Australia, including the roles and responsibilities of the Federal and State Governments along with the private sector. Broader public policy, regulatory, social, behavioural, environmental and community factors impacting the health of individuals and populations will be considered. The elements of the health ecosystem including the health services that form the continuum of care, and the social, economic and environmental determinants of health will be explored. Students will be encouraged to critically appraise the current Australian health system and its policies in comparison to key features and the performance of other health systems from around the world. The course will also equip students with a basic understanding of health system design and the 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, addressing inequities, global health issues and the introduction of new and emerging technologies, will also be examined. An online learning format will include digital resources; lectures and presentations from health industry leaders featuring the latest data and evidence; interactive workshops with expert panels; and small group discussion applying learning to current health and system challenges.
Activity - Assessment of Engagement and Participation - 20% Written Report - 50% Practical Presentation - 30%
- Assessment of engagement and participation (20%)
- Written report (50%)
- Presentation (30%)
Current study term: 24 Jul 22 to 28 Oct 22
The Australian Health Care System, 5th ed.
Stephen Duckett and Sharon Willcox