Course Title: Multidisciplinary Health Care in Australia

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Multidisciplinary Health Care in Australia

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


155T Vocational Health and Sciences


Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Judith McCann

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8366

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 051.07.005

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will provide you with an understanding of the Australian health care system, including public and private, community health care programs, support services and not for profit services. You will gain an understanding of how health care is funded in Australia and develop an understanding of different health professionals, and their roles and responsibilities within the continuum of care. Students will become familiar with health referral pathways, health records and confidentiality and knowledge in developing partnerships in health.
Students will also learn of different multidisciplinary care approaches applied on special populations in Australia, particularly the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and the responses to the ageing population.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for Associate Degree in Health Sciences
4. Communicate effectively in a range of forms (written, oral) and with diverse audiences and cultural groups (community, clients and health professionals)
5. Manage and develop your own work and lead and manage others within a health or community context
6. Apply ethical practices and be committed to the ethical and professional standards in health

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:
1. Describe the model(s), structure and operation involved in the best practice management of the multidisciplinary health care system in Australia.
2. Describe the scope of disciplines and range of roles and responsibilities of health professionals within the Australia health system and their integration in public health and patient care models, including the referral pathways.
3. Identify the range of accessible services and networks within community health and primary health care environments.
4. Describe collaborative and relationship building practice for decision-making and team functioning in health care systems.
5. Explain common health issues for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and the impacts and challenges faced in health care service delivery.
6. Outline clearly the multidisciplinary approaches targeted at the Ageing population and the difficulties facing the health care system.

Overview of Learning Activities

A variety of activities will support your learning in this course, such as:
• Lectures &/or workshops (face-to-face &/or online): to cover theoretical concepts for each topic in the course
• Tutorial activities (individually and in teams): to discuss, debate, critique and solidify your ideas and extend your understanding around key concepts for each topic.
• Self directed study time (eg readings or activities around theory): to enhance and strengthen your knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be required to access this course on Blackboard (my RMIT) on a regular basis to prepare for lectures and tutorials. You will also need to read recommended sections of text books, library resources and other learning materials.
You may be referred to other resources available in the RMIT Library, such as videos and the subject learning guide at:

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Early Assessment Task: Case study questions
Weighting 5%
This assessment task supports CLOs (Course Learning Outcomes)  2 and 4

Assessment Task 2: Patient case study 1.
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 and 4

Assessment Task 3: Patient case study 2.
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6

Assessment Task 4: Multidisciplinary team conference
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6