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HSC1400: Healthcare systems

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Healthcare systems

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This unit will deliver a structured introduction to the Australian healthcare system. Students will gain a preliminary knowledge of the organization, current policies and policy debates, funding arrangements and emerging trends in healthcare practice. A feature of the unit is an inclusive approach to the understanding of health. This approach will consider aged care, disability, mental health, and alcohol and drug components in addition to established health services. Case studies will be used to consolidate the theoretical material. Students will develop a reflective understanding of their own experience of health care, and be able to identify their assumptions regarding health and the practice of health care. Overarching themes will include an overview of the health system, specialist sectors and working in the health space.


1 - Weekly online activities (15 mins each week, weeks 2-11) - 20% 2 - Team presentation (20 mins) - 15% 4 - Health care system essay (1,800 words) - 30% 5 - Examination (2 hours and 10 minutes) - 35%


1 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial, 3 hours of directed online student learning activities, plus 6 hours of self-directed study per week.

Sustainable development goals

Adopted by the UN Member States in 2015, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. Read more

This unit covers content related to the following SDGs:

3. Good Health and Well-Being