Nursing and the Health Care System 1

Subject 514-751 (2008)

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Credit Points: 6.250
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

On campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 18 hours lectures
Total Time Commitment: Approximately 54 hours Students are expected to devote approximately 4-5 hours a week to this subject
Prerequisites: n/a
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: To be advised


Robyn Faulkner
Subject Overview:

This subject enables students to explore international, national and local political and economic factors that impact on the healthcare system and the provision of health services. Students will examine, using epidemiological data, the impact of environment, occupation, race, gender and poverty on health status and identify the major causes of morbidity and mortality in specific populations. Students will examine current government initiatives, including funding models, health promotion and screening, and will debate issues identified in the provision of contemporary health care.

Subject objectives

At the completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • discuss the similarities and differences between international, federal, state and local health policy and identify the major determinants of health;
  • discuss the major causes of morbidity and mortality;
  • identify the major causes of morbidity and mortality in specific Australian populations;
  • discuss current international and national priorities in healthcare;
  • examine the Australian healthcare system and factors that impact on health care provision;
  • describe models of health funding;
  • discriminate between government and non government health care providers;
  • explore the concepts of health promotion, early detection and early intervention.
Assessment: 500-word written assignment (week 4) - 20%2,000-word written assignment (week 12) - 80%
Prescribed Texts: n/a
Recommended Texts:

Duckett, S. (2004). The Australian health care system. USA: Oxford University Press

Specific readings and web-based resources selected by the subject coordinator will be made available to students through the Leaning Management System (LMS).

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

At the completion of this subject, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • the capacity for information seeking, retrieval and evaluation;
  • critical thinking and analytical skills;
  • an openness to new ideas;
  • planning and time management skills;
  • the ability to communicate knowledge through classroom and web-based discussions and written material.
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Related Course(s): Master of Nursing Science

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