Unit aim

Provides students with an overview of the Australian health care system and the factors which influence the way it functions. Historical, socio-political and cultural contexts of health care in Australia will be presented to encourage an awareness of how these factors influence health care delivery, systems, services, and the health care workforce.

Unit content

Topic 1: Academic Writing and Academic Integrity (Online Modules)

  • Academic integrity
  • Finding information
  • Academic writing
  • Referencing

Topic 2: Health in Australia and internationally

  • Defining health
  • Analysing health care systems
  • Historical context of health and approaches to health care
  • Social determinants of health
  • Health inequalities (in Australia and internationally)
  • Health of Australians and international comparisons

Topic 3: Structure and functions of the Australian health care system

  • Key features of the AHCS
  • Comparisons of health systems around the world
  • Governments, governance, policy and health care in Australia
  • Funding health care in Australia
  • Provision of health care in Australia

Topic 4: Working in the Australian health care system

  • Health care delivery for specific populations and vulnerable groups
  • Health care workforce in Australia
  • Professional organisations and regulation of the Australian health care workforce
  • Contemporary issues and trends in the Australian health care system and health workforce
  • Inter-professional relationships

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Willis, E, Reynolds, LE & Keleher, H (eds), 2012, Understanding the Australian health care system, 2nd edn, Elsevier, Chatswood, NSW. ISBN: 9780729541039.

Session 3

  • Willis, E, Reynolds, LE & Keleher, H (eds), 2012, Understanding the Australian health care system, 2nd edn, Elsevier, Chatswood, NSW. ISBN: 9780729541039.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
QuizSR
Exam: closed book50%
Exam: closed book50%

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
QuizSR
Exam: closed book50%
Exam: closed book50%

Lismore

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
QuizSR
Exam: closed book50%
Exam: closed book50%

Online

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
QuizSR
Exam: closed book50%
Exam: closed book50%
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