Australian Health and Social Care Systems and Policy

Unit code: HHB1204 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
St Albans


This unit introduces students to the Australian healthcare system and policies. It explores the public versus private health sectors and the role of the different levels of government in healthcare delivery. It demonstrates how Australian healthcare systems compare with other regional and global health systems. It provides a comprehensive introduction to the diversity of the health workforce, health management and health decision making in Australia. Students are introduced to some key international health policies that inform local health policies. It introduces health policy development process and role of stakeholders in policy.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the policy development processes in relation to the Australian health policy;
  2. Examine how the Australian healthcare system functions;
  3. Investigate the Australian health workforce and the roles and responsibilities of the different stake holders;
  4. Discuss how Australia’s health policies align with regional and other global health policies.

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For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 30%
Three Quizzes (15 minutes each)
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 40%
Assignment (equivalent 1,500 words submitted in two stages)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 30%
Group poster pitch (20 minutes per group)

Required reading

The Australian health care system
Duckett, S., & Willcox, S. (2015)| South Melbourne, Vic: Oxford University Press

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