HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS

PHE3HCS

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will gain familiarity with the health care systems used around the world and will compare and contrast underlying rationales, policies and aims in the context of societal needs and resource demands. The interface between health and politics, economics and social structure will be considered and students will analyse the comparative advantages and disadvantages of approaches to health care provision. Topics to be covered include public and private systems, decentralised health care, national contributory plans such as Medicare, and social insurance, among others. Case studies will be drawn from health care systems around the world.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDeborah Gleeson

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites PHE1SDH

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects PHE1AHS, HIM3AHS, PHE4AHS

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsUnderstanding the Australian Health Care System.PrescribedWillis, E., Reynolds, L., and Keleher, H.2ND EDITION, SYDNEY: CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE. (2012).
ReadingsComparative health systems: a global perspectivesRecommendedJohnson, J & Stoskopf, C 2010JONES AND BARTLETT, SUDBURY, MA.
ReadingsHealth care systems in transition: AustraliaRecommendedHilless, M & Healy, J 2001EUROPEAN OBSERVATORY ON HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS, COPENHAGEN.
ReadingsPrimary health care reform in AustraliaRecommendedDept of Health & Aging 2009DEPT OF HEALTH & AGING, ACT.
ReadingsThe Australian health care systemRecommendedDuckett, S & Willcox, S 2011OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, MELBOURNE.
ReadingsThe health care dilemma: a comparison of health care systems in three European countries and the USRecommendedArmstrong, E et al 2010WORLD SCIENTIFIC PUBLISHING CO, HACKENSACK, NJ.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Compare, contrast and evaluate the rationale and aims of different types of health systems.

Activities:
Online learning resources, including lecture notes and readings
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking)
Personal and Professional Skills (Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Critically review the political, social and economic forces that contribute to health care choices at the national level.

Activities:
Online learning resources, including lecture notes and readings
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking)
Personal and Professional Skills (Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Analyse the ways in which the orientation and structure of the health care system relate to health care practice.

Activities:
Online learning resources, including lecture notes and readings
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking)
Personal and Professional Skills (Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Work in a team to analyse and evaluate challenges faced by health care systems.

Activities:
Online learning resources, including lecture notes and readings
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking)
Personal and Professional Skills (Study and Learning Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 1, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSteve Begg

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
contribution to online discussion (2000 word equiv)40 01, 02, 03, 04
one 1,500-word indvidual assignment30 01, 02, 03
one 1-hour online final examination30 01, 02, 03

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDeborah Gleeson

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
contribution to online discussion (2000 word equiv)40 01, 02, 03, 04
one 1,500-word indvidual assignment30 01, 02, 03
one 1-hour online final examination30 01, 02, 03