1 x 9-hour independent study weekly
1 Admission into GCRHP-Graduate Certificate in Remote Health Practice
1a Admission into GDPRHP-Graduate Diploma in Remote Health Practice
1b Admission into MRIH-Master of Remote and Indigenous Health
1c Admission into MD-Doctor of Medicine
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of HLTH8208, REMH8017 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
REMH8001 (formerly HLTH8201) Context of Remote & Indigenous Health

REMH8002 (formerly HLTH8202) Remote and Indigenous Primary Health Care
Assignments; practical work
Topic description
This topic is grounded in the practicalities of remote areas. Students are expected to combine academic rigour, critical thinking and practice experience to understand and reflect upon applicability of management theories and practices in geographically remote and cross cultural Primary Health Care (PHC) service delivery systems and organisations. The topic draws on local and international literature to provide students with the skills and knowledge to deliver culturally safe and effectively managed PHC services in the remote and Indigenous context. Development and implementation of strategies to maximise workforce capacity; optimise financial capacity; and manage internal and external structures and processes within a specific agenda for improving the delivery of PHC services to remote and Indigenous people are explored. Working cooperatively and productively, being resourceful, understanding factors that contribute to retaining human resources and utilizing goods and services in a socially and environmentally responsible way are emphasised.
Educational aims
This topic aims to:

  • Define key management concepts and understand their application in the remote and Indigenous health service delivery context

  • Critically examine resource allocation for remote and Indigenous health

  • Critically analyse remote and Indigenous health workforce issues

Expected learning outcomes
At the end of this topic students will be able to:

  • Critically analyse theories about organisational structure

  • Define the concepts 'organisational structure', 'organisational culture', 'participation' and 'collaboration'

  • Describe the impact of organisational structure on an organisation’s ability to deliver services within the framework of Primary health care principles

  • Describe strategies to influence organisational change and improve organisational performance.

  • Describe the influences driving health care costs in Australia

  • Describe the distribution of health care expenditure in Australia

  • Critically analyse contemporary trends in resource allocation to health services in remote areas

  • Apply the principles of maximising the equitable and efficient use of available health care resources.

  • Describe key health workforce issues in rural and remote areas

  • Describe workforce issues that affect the delivery of health services in remote Indigenous communities

  • Critically analyse a range of strategies developed to address health workforce issues; and

  • Develop organisational responses to address retention issues.