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 other health professionals) and the ways in which these affect health policy and the delivery of care in Australia and globally. The unit has a particular focus on issues of access and equity, resource allocation, and multidisciplinary teamwork. 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. The unit explores the role of nurses as global citizens and the role of the profession in its global context.
8x2-hr lectures, and 6x2-hr tutorials
Student assessment (100%) conducted throughout the semester, as advised within the relevant unit of study outline