Nursing and the Politics of Health Care (NURS6004)


This unit of study critically analyses the Australian health-care system, with an emphasis on its structure, funding arrangements, and the ways in which it is influenced by contemporary ideologies and economic and political factors. The unit focuses on current political issues and debates (including those concerning nursing) and the ways in which these affect health policy and the delivery of care in Australia and elsewhere, as well as on issues of access and equity and resource allocation. The Australian health care system is compared with other OECD country systems to help students to think critically about the effectiveness of the Australian system in global terms.

Further unit of study information


6x2-hr lectures, 4x2-hr tutorials


essay (40%) and tutorial presentation (15%) and written examination (45%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

NURS5002 and NURS5081 and NURS5082 and (NURS5083 or NURS6001) and NURS5006 and NURS5084 and NURS5085 and NURS5086

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.