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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate an understanding of the principles of academic integrity and academic writing, including knowledge of the SCU policy on academic integrity and academic misconduct Intellectual rigour Ethical practice
2 compare and contrast the health of Australians and major elements of the health care system with those of other OECD nations Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence
3 discuss the various factors which influence the health of Australians and the functions of the Australian health care system, including priority population groups Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
4 discuss the impact of health care policy, funding and governance on the Australian health care system Ethical practice Lifelong learning
5 describe the role information technology plays in the Australian health care system Ethical practice Lifelong learning
6 analyse the impact of current trends in the health care system on the health care workforce. Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the principles of academic integrity and academic writing, including knowledge of the SCU policy on academic integrity and academic misconduct
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  2. compare and contrast the health of Australians and major elements of the health care system with those of other OECD nations
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  3. discuss the various factors which influence the health of Australians and the functions of the Australian health care system, including priority population groups
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  4. discuss the impact of health care policy, funding and governance on the Australian health care system
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  5. describe the role information technology plays in the Australian health care system
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  6. analyse the impact of current trends in the health care system on the health care workforce.
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Prescribed texts

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

  • 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.