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HPOL5014: Foundations Health Technology Assessment

There is a need to improve the efficient and cost-effective use of health care technologies and services at all levels of the health system. This unit covers all aspects of the policy, assessment, monitoring and re-assessment of technologies and services, and techniques to support investment and disinvestment decision-making by public payers and funders. Students will work through key concepts in health technology assessment as well as the key institutions and processes for regulating and managing the use of health technologies. Students will work through real world scenarios as case examples.

Code HPOL5014
Academic unit Public Health
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. explain how decisions regarding the use and funding of health technology is organised in the health system, including sources of funding, process and governance arrangements, key stakeholders, and relevant policy levers
  • LO2. identify and describe the types of technologies and services that can be the subject of health technology assessment, and their place in health care prevention, investigation, and treatment
  • LO3. understand the role of health economic evaluations in investment decisions around health technology, including developing PICO questions, interpreting systematic reviews, and applying evidence from clinical and health economic studies
  • LO4. understand the role of budget impact analysis for the implementation health technologies in the health system
  • LO5. identify ethical, equity, and implementation considerations relevant to health technology assessment in Australia
  • LO6. understand the nature and rationale for disinvestment decisions around health technology, and the role of clinical, economic, and real-world evidence in such considerations
  • LO7. write an application for public funding for a treatment that uses a new health technology, identifying relevant contextual, clinical, economic, and financial information.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.