Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Biomedical Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Helen Ackland


This unit examines how health systems are organised, how health services are delivered, and the broader context in which disease and illness occur. It considers the Australian health care system in detail and the global context of health systems and health inequalities. It explores two areas: health policy and service delivery systems; and illness and health in the context of social, cultural and behavioural systems. Areas covered include: health systems, health policy, health funding, quality in health systems, models of health, population health, health and human rights.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. Understand key principles in the organisation and funding of health systems.
  2. Be able to apply an understanding of health and health services in the context of the Australian health care system.
  3. Recognise the key elements that determine health policy.
  4. Recognise key determinants and models of health.
  5. Understand the complexities of improving population health and how this is evaluated.
  6. Recognise the basis of human rights in health care.
  7. Develop important professional skills, including oral and written communication skills, critical analysis skills, and interpersonal skills.


Group class presentation (20 minutes) (25%)
Tutorial participation (15%)
Essay (30%)
Written exam (30%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

6 hours of contact time (2 hour lecture, 2 hours interactive classes and 2 hours tutorial preparation time).