Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Biomedical Sciences


Dr Helen Ackland



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit examines the ways in which health systems are organised and health services are delivered. The broader context in which disease and illness occur is also discussed. The unit considers the Australian health care system in detail and the global context of health systems and health inequalities. It explores two areas: health policy and service delivery systems; and illness and health in the context of social, cultural and behavioural systems. Areas covered include: health systems, health policy, health funding, quality in health systems, models of health, population health, and health and human rights.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Understand key principles in the organisation and funding of health systems.
  2. Be able to apply an understanding of health and health services in the context of the Australian health care system.
  3. Recognise the key elements determining health policy.
  4. Recognise key determinants and models of health.
  5. Understand the complexities of improving population health and the ways in which this is evaluated.
  6. Recognise the basis of human rights in health care.
  7. Develop important professional skills, including oral and written communication skills, critical analysis skills, and interpersonal skills.


Tutorial preparation and participation (15%)
Group presentation (15 minutes) and report (800 words) (20%)
Research essay (2500 words) (25%)
Written examination (MCQ/SAQ) (2 hours) (40%)

Workload requirements

6 hours of contact time per week (2 hour lecture, 2 hours of interactive classes and 2 hours tutorial preparation time).

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