Onshore (Australia) Program
1 x 4-hour workshop per semester
2 x 1-day intensive workshops per semester
8 hours of independent study weekly

Offshore (Singapore) Program
1x 1.5-day intensive workshop per semester
1 x 4-hour workshop per semester
1 x 2-hour online exercises weekly
95 hours of independent study per semester
Enrolment not permitted
HSMT9004 has been successfully completed
Course context
Topic only available to students meeting the eligibility requirements for entry to the postgraduate health administration programs.
Assignments; Tutorial presentation; Tutorial participation
Topic description
This topic addresses the structure and function of health and aged care systems including the determinants of health and wellbeing, frameworks for description and analysis of health and aged care systems and policies. Particular reference will be made to major sub-systems including mental health, aged care, primary health care, and Aboriginal health care. The topic also explores the roles of politics, power, funding and stakeholders, as well as mechanisms for influencing policy change and development.
Educational aims
The aim of this topic is to provide students with an understanding of the structure and dynamics of health and aged care systems and the policies that shape them.
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of the topic, students should be able to:

  • provide a clear overview of their health and aged care systems; their structure, funding, dynamics and reform agendas

  • demonstrate an understanding of policy processes, drivers of policy development and change and the roles of key stakeholders

  • critically analyse the key factors that shape health and aged care systems and their policy priorities.