Courses & Units

The Australian Health System in Context CAM520



This unit provides an overview of the Australian health system. On completion, participants should have (i) a sound appreciation of the complexities of Australian Healthcare Agreements and other funding mechanisms and be able to critique the strengths and weaknesses of the current health system and systemic change options that could deliver more appropriate care and improve efficiency; (ii) an understanding of the health status of Australians in comparison to other countries, and a comparison of the investment in health compared to the country's overall health status; (iii) identification of the challenges associated with rising costs of healthcare, sustainability of health services, demands on health services, distribution and shortages within the health workforce; and changing demographics. Participants will be required to identify the impact of these challenges on practice and develop strategies, including service re-design, changing models of care and workforce role reforms, to ensure the present and future health needs of the diverse Australian population are met.


Unit name The Australian Health System in Context
Unit code CAM520
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
Discipline Medicine

Dr Elizabeth Shannon

Teaching staff

Dr Elizabeth Shannon (Coordinator)

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 27/2/2017 23/3/2017 17/4/2017 2/6/2017
Semester 2 17/7/2017 10/8/2017 4/9/2017 20/10/2017

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2017: $793.00 2017: $2,360.00 060300

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.


Teaching Pattern

Flexible on-line Distance


Report 30%; Critique of current literature 40%; Discussion board participation 30%

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