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, technological resources) are reviewed together with institutional arrangements (hospitals, primary health and community care, public health services) departmental and interdepartmental structures in government and the role of consumers. Trends in health system performance are also explored. This subject will focus on developing students' understanding of and ability to critically assess how the Australian health system has eve loved and current 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.

SchoolPsychology and Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorZhanming Liang

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsOffered subject to sufficient enrolment numbers.

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A


The Australian health care system.

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorDuckett, S.J. & Willcox, S.


Edition/Volume5th Edn

PublisherOxford University Press


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Develop a comprehensive understanding of the key structural components of the Australian Health System and apply this understanding to guide work and professional practices
02. Critically assess trends in the performance of the health care system and the factors shaping these trends
03. Evaluate contemporary health policy proposals and assess their impact on the system and specific health service components
04. Critically assess the current organisational design and service provisions and how they respond and relate to a complex healthcare environment
05. Evaluate the challenges facing healthcare organisations and develop solutions and strategies for addressing such challenges to generate both short term and long term outcomes

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

On-Line, 2021, Semester 1, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorZhanming Liang

Class requirements

WorkShopWeek: 0 - 0
Three 3.00 h workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 0 to week 0 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 elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
Four online group discussions (2,400 word equiv. per student)N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5
Major assignment (3,000 word equiv.)N/AN/AN/ANo45 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5
Three 15-minute MCQ online examinationsN/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO1