Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine


Dr Tess Tsindos



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit will deliver a structured introduction to the Australian healthcare system. Students will gain a preliminary knowledge of the organization, current policies and policy debates, funding arrangements and emerging trends in healthcare practice. A feature of the unit is an inclusive approach to the understanding of health. This approach will consider aged care, disability, mental health, and alcohol and drug components in addition to established health services. Case studies will be used to consolidate the theoretical material. Students will develop a reflective understanding of their own experience of health care, and be able to identify their assumptions regarding health and the practice of health care. Overarching themes will include an overview of the health system, specialist sectors and working in the health space.


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

  1. Describe the components and organisation of the Australian healthcare system.
  2. Discriminate between polices which inform, and the arrangements which fund, the Australian healthcare system.
  3. Distinguish between the current policy debates and service models relevant to the current Australian healthcare system.
  4. Identify the inter-sectorial and multi-disciplinary components of the Australian healthcare system.
  5. Outline healthcare practices.
  6. Articulate a reflective understanding of their experience and assumptions with respect to health and the practice of care.


Interview and written assignment - Study of individual health consumer (1,200 words) (20%)
Group presentation (20 minutes) (20%)
Written case study (1,800 words) (30%)
Examination (MCQ) (2 hours) (30%)

Hurdle requirement:
80% attendance at tutorials and participation in online tasks

Workload requirements

6 hours per week contact hours plus 6 hours per week private study.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Health science


Must be enrolled in one of the following courses: M20021, M20022, M20023, M20024, 3882, 3870, 4503, 3445.


BME3032, HSC1052, PHH1052.