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Health Services and Health Informatics CXA309


This unit aims to broaden students understanding of the Australia Health Care System and its operation. It provides the opportunity for students to critically analyse and review the current and emerging challenges in health care delivery. Weekly topics will explore challenges of equity in health care and cover topics such as primary health and advocacy, healthcare work force, mental illness, disability services, indigenous health, refugee and migrant health. In addition, the challenges and opportunities of chronic conditions self-management, global health and technical advancements in health informatics/ communication to improve health services are discussed.


Unit name Health Services and Health Informatics
Unit code CXA309
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Hazel Maxwell
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Health Study Period 3 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Health Study Period 3 30/10/2023 17/11/2023 15/12/2023 28/1/2024

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Critically review the Australia healthcare system and the implications for the way health services have been organized and delivered within the community over time.
  • Explore emerging challenges and opportunities associated with preventative healthcare delivery in Australia and the need for change
  • Discuss how disease trends, community expectations, workforce trends, health inequities, government policy and models of healthcare all influence the changing landscape of Australian healthcare.
  • Using electronic media, demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively with student-peers and other health professions (on-line group facilitators), using an evidence-based approach, respecting the roles and expertise of associated disciplines.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
069999 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,522.00

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Teaching Pattern

This unit is taught by distance. On-line material readings will be provided via MyLO. Web conferencing will also be available. Students will communicate with the Coordinator via email and discussion boards.

AssessmentPosition Paper (30%)|Reflective Journal (30%)|Critical Review (40%)
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There is no required text for this unit.


Willis E, Reynolds L, Keleher H, 2016, Understanding the Australian Health Care System, 3rd Edition, Elsevier

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