Health Care Systems (HIMT5069)


This unit provides an introduction to health care systems with an emphasis on the Australian health care system. Topics to be studied include Commonwealth, State and Local government responsibilities for health with a particular focus on the structure and organisation of health care, health care financing and the health workforce. The Australian health care system analysed with particular attention to the concepts of effectiveness, efficiency and equity. The unit encourages a critical appraisal of current public policies and health care arrangements within an international context.

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Further unit of study information


Self directed study


On-line Test (30%), Academic Poster (40%) and On-line Test (30%)


Recommended Text: Palmer G R and Short S D (2010) Health Care and Public Policy: An Australian Analysis. Melbourne: Palgrave Macmillan

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


HSBH1009, HSBH3003

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.