Course Title: The Australian Health Care System

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: The Australian Health Care System

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2013


City Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014

Course Coordinator: Amy Loughman

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7374

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.03.014E

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will provide you with an overview of the health care system in Australia and how it compares to major health care systems around the world. You will be able to identify the levels of health care from primary care to secondary and tertiary care and the role and responsibility of the States and Commonwealth in the funding and provision of those facilities. The role of the private and public sector in the provision of health care and the contribution of the private sector to the overall national health care strategy will be examined. The governance and provision of health care in a changing context will provide a fertile environment to discuss the provision of health care into the 21st century.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP 154 Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology):

  • PLO 1:  Understand appropriate and relevant fundamental and  applied evidence based knowledge and undertake lifelong learning to improve personal and professional practice 
  • PLO 2: Demonstrate a capacity to employ a variety of approaches and procedures to research to permit judgements and decisions to be supported by appropriate evidence that places practice within a global and local context.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Identify the features of various health care systems from around the world
  2. Conceptually map and evaluate Australia’s healthcare system
  3. Compare and contrast underlying rationales, policies, societal needs and resource demands of the Australian healthcare system
  4. Argue the comparative advantages and disadvantages of current approaches to health care in Australia
  5. Discuss contemporary issues such as the role of public versus private systems, decentralized health care, and the national contribution (Medicare) and identify the contribution of the various health professions including Medicine, Nursing, Complementary Medicine and Mental Health.

Overview of Learning Activities

This online course is based on a prescribed textbook. You are required to undertake the prescribed readings each week and acquire a working knowledge of the essential aspects of the Australian Healthcare System. Your reading is guided by a set of learning objectives and is structured so that you may explore aspects that are of interest and relevance to your future career. Finally, you are provided with an opportunity to apply this knowledge to your future profession. The use of online facilities including links to web material and access to the course discussion board to develop a deeper understanding is encouraged.


Teacher Guided Hours: 36 per semester

Learner Directed Hours: 72 per semester

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings from a primary resource that covers the essential areas associated with the Australian Health Care System. Targeted readings will also be drawn from a range of secondary sources.  Material may be available online via the course myRMIT Studies site and any prescribed readings.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks:

Early Assessment Task: Written assignment

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 4, & 5  

Assessment Task 2: Weekly multiple choice tests

Weighting 35%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5  

Assessment Task 3: Two projects

Weighting 40% (each project 20%)

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3, 4, & 5