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 courses.

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

This topic aims 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 this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Provide a clear overview of their health and aged care systems; their structure, funding, dynamics and reform agendas
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of policy processes, drivers of policy development and change and the roles of key stakeholders
  3. Critically analyse the key factors that shape health and aged care systems and their policy priorities

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.