phe5ahs aust hlth system




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will introduce students to the key structural components of the Australian health system, their interrelationships and relevant policy issues. The health status of Australians and inputs to the system (finance, workforce, technologicial resources) are reviewed together with institutional arrangements (hospitals, primary helath and community care, public health services) departmental and interdepartmental structures in government and the role of consumers. Trends in health system performance area also explored. This subject will focus on developing students' understanding of and ability to critically assess how the Australian health system has eveloved and curernt issues and challenges including pressures for reform. The current health system reform agenda will be examined and discussed, together with future directions for the health system.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorZhanming Liang

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Offered subject to sufficient enrolment numbers.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsThe Australian health care system.PrescribedDuckett, S.J. & Nilcox, S.OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2011, 4TH EDN.
ReadingsSelected journal articles recommended for reading are detailed in the subejct outline.RecommendedN/AN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Develop comprehensive understanding of the key structural components of the Australia Health System and apply such understanding to guide work and professional practices

Self readings, online discussions and online exam

02. Critically assess trends in the performance of the health care system and the factors shaping these trends

Online discussions and preparation of assignments

03. Evaluate contemporary health policy proposals and assess their impact on the system and the component of health services

Self-readings, online discussions and preparation of assignments

04. Critically assess the current organisational design and service provisions and how they response and relate to the complex healthcare environment

Online discussions and preparation of assignments

05. Evaluate the challenges facing healthcare organisations and develop solutions/strategies for addressing such challenges to generate both short term and long term outcomes

Online discussions and preparation of assignments

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2015, Semester 1, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorZhanming Liang

Class requirements

Three 3.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day and delivered via blended.
"All students are required to participate in on-line discussions, plus have regular contact with subject lecturers using email and online discussion board facility of LMS: equivalent to 39 hours. Three optional face-to-face classes will be held in City. Combination of day and night classes."


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Five online group discussions3501, 02, 03, 04, 05
One 3,000-word assignment4502, 03, 04, 05
four 15-minute MCQ online examinations2001