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Introduction to health care systems (6 points)


Leader: Ms Vicki Barrington (Nutrition & Dietetics)

Clayton Second semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: The subject introduces students to the organization of the Australian healthcare system. Topics include: professional responsibilities of the dietitian and their role in the healthcare team in differing institutional, community and rural settings. Issues of health policy, health economics and cost-effectiveness will be examined in relation to preventative healthcare. Ethical issues surrounding confidentiality, patients' rights and professional standards in nutrition issues will be covered. Critical pathways of referral will be examined and the monitoring of patient care with respect to medical records will be described. Statistical management benchmarks of hospital data will be examined.

Assessment: Examination: 40% + Case studies: 20% + Prac report 10% + Group assignment 20% + Individual assignment 10%

Contact Hours: 2 hours per week (lectures)

Prerequisites: Completion of Year 2, semester 1 Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics

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