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NURS6029: Australian Health Care - Global Context

This unit of study critically analyses the Australian health-care system, with an emphasis on its structure, funding arrangements, and the ways in which it is influenced by contemporary political issues and debates. The unit focuses on issues of access and equity, resource allocation, multidisciplinary teamwork, human rights, health care ethics, and issues associated with care of particular population groups including older people, Indigenous Australians, refugees and other immigrants. The Australian health care system is compared with other national health care systems to help students to critically evaluate the effectiveness of the Australian system in global terms. The unit explores the role of nurses as global citizens and the role of the profession in its global context. The unit also develops student understanding of contemporary ways of working and nursing models of care.

Code NURS6029
Academic unit Nursing and Midwifery
Credit points 6

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

  • LO1. critically discuss the ways in which the Australian healthcare system is structured and funded, with a critical awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of the system, including its overall effectiveness in terms of patient outcomes and satisfaction
  • LO2. explore and examine the political nature of healthcare in Australia, and the ways in which this affects the experiences of particular groups of people in need of care
  • LO3. compare and contrast the Australian healthcare system with other national systems, and to think critically about contemporary debates that focus on healthcare reform, in Australia and elsewhere
  • LO4. demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of international perspectives in relation to nursing and the nursing profession
  • LO5. demonstrate an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of other health professionals and the ways in which nursing and other health professionals work together in inter-professional teams

Unit outlines

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