Courses & Units

Health and Community Services in Australia ZAC105

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


This unit will introduce you to the way in which health, social and community services are organised, integrated, funded and governed in Australia. This unit is contextualised to the Australian healthcare reform agenda, emphasising a shift in focus from institutional to community settings, from sick-care to wellness and prevention, and from system-led to consumer-directed approaches. You will explore current trends, changes and challenges in health and community services, including competition for resources and the impact of technology. You will examine how health data is used to inform service planning and distribution, resource allocation, consumer access, and service coordination for individuals and groups.


Unit name Health and Community Services in Australia
Unit code ZAC105
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School University College
Discipline Applied Health
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Term 3 On-Campus Domestic
Launceston Term 3 On-Campus Domestic
Cradle Coast Term 3 On-Campus Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Term 3 20/7/2020 10/8/2020 25/8/2020 25/9/2020

* 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 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Learning Outcomes

D1 – Explain how the Australian healthcare reform agenda has influenced change in the health and community services sectors.
D2 - Compare the different ways in which health and community services are organised, funded, governed and distributed.
D3 – Recognise and explain how health data is used for service planning, resourcing and coordination.
D4 - Research the application of existing and emergent technologies in health and community services.

P and P:
PP1 - identify, evaluate and use relevant discipline tools and techniques
PP2 - identify and evaluate relevant behaviours, principles and perspectives in the workplace
PP3 - use reflective and deliberative thinking to generate plans for self-development
PP4 - apply practice and discipline-based skills and knowledge to communicate solutions to real world problems.



Band CSP Student Contribution Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 061309

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Teaching Pattern

Online learning plus two to three x 2 hour face to face tutorials and 1.5 days of face to face workshops.

  • Multiple choice quiz and short answer questions (25%)
  • Analysis of technology in health and community services (35%)
  • Resource allocation infographic and report (40%)
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