This unit of study offers students an insight into the larger picture of how a nation sets priorities for health services. The importance of evidence-based health policy development in planning health services and strategies for increasing the cost-effectiveness of delivering health services will be covered. Students will gain skills in health service needs assessment, measuring cost-effectiveness, macroeconomic evaluation of health services and systems, and health equity assessment. It is envisaged that students will develop a capacity to understand the concept of health policy and its relevance to the delivery of health care services and to take a problem-oriented approach to analysing and evaluating current policy provisions and strategies in the Australian context.
1x2-hr lectures/week, 1-hr tutorial/week
Tutorial/workshop activities (10%), online activities (15%), 1x15-min group project plan presentation (15%), 1x2500wd group project report (60%)
HSBH1007 or HSBH2007