Course Title: Professional Issues and Australian Health Care System

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Issues and Australian Health Care System

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Anna Hyde

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6548

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.061-2

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, how it compares to major health care systems around the world and the location of Chinese medicine within the local and national system. The Professional Issues component aims to build problem-solving skills and abilities that are crucial for students: lifelong learning and reflective learning. You will be introduced to relevant research methodologies, learn to critically appraise a body of literature in order to inform evidence-based practice and engage in both theoretical and practical discourse in relation to Chinese Medicine therapies.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the Program Learning Outcomes for MC138 Master of Applied Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine) and MC024 Master of Applied Science (Acupuncture):

  • PLO1: Apply your knowledge of Chinese Medicine principles and methods in the diagnosis and management of a range of internal medicine disorders
  • PLO3: Critically analyse the literature in the efficacy and safety of acupuncture and moxibustion or Chinese Herbal Medicine and incorporate this information into your professional evidence based practice
  • PLO4: Communicate effectively with patients, other health professionals, regulatory bodies and the general public
  • PLO6: Reflect and improve upon your professional practice and build problem solving skills and abilities through lifelong learning.

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Elaborate the role and impact of research in Chinese medicine and its contribution to the disciplinary evidence-base.
  2. Identify and review resources relating to the ethics, law, regulations and clinical evidence for various health care modalities but in particular Chinese medicine.
  3. Demonstrate an advanced level ability to locate relevant information and literature to answer clinical questions.
  4. Critically review aspects of the research process including research methodologies as they relate to evaluation of health care practice, programs and policy development.
  5. Evaluate levels of evidence in the literature against NH&MRC standards.
  6. Interrogate the Australian Health Care System in the context of public versus private systems, decentralized health care, national contribution (Medicare) and contribution of the various health professions including: Medicine, Nursing, Complementary Medicine and Mental Health.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use a range of learning activities including lectures and self-directed learning. Throughout the course you will be able to work both independently and in groups to solve problems involving aspects of course content.

Lectures sessions will introduce you to the principles and methods of research and statistics used in health care, particularly in Chinese medicine including acupuncture. You will also be introduced to the mechanisms of delivery of health care within the context of the Australian system.

Tutorials and practical sessions will focus on how to answer clinical questions by appraising literature and the interpretation of data. Regular Journal Club sessions are arranged in class and you are encouraged to apply your knowledge of research design to critique the quality of selected research papers and contribute to the learning of the group. Self-directed learning provides an opportunity for you to deepen your understanding of the two components in this course. A guide with weekly tasks will assist students’ self-direct learning.

The assessment associated with this course will comprise a formative and summative assessment and incorporate a variety of assessment modes. The assessment tasks will be designed to assess your ability to understand and apply concepts in Chinese Medicine Professional Issues and the Australian Health Care System. The assessments will reflect your problem-solving and analytic skills as it relates to these topics and may include journal club discussion and presentation.


Teacher Guided Hours: 40 per semester

Learner Directed Hours: 30 per semester


Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. Material chosen may be digitally available to students. Lecture material will be delivered via online mediums. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Chinese medicine library subject guides are available via

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks:

Assessment Task 1: Online quiz

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3 & 6

This assesses your knowledge of the essential information on the Australian health system and research methods.

Assessment Task 2: Critique a research paper for research methods

Weighting 30%

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

This task develops your capabilities for appreciating and analysing the scientific and written quality of a research paper and for identifying the level of evidence.

Assessment Task 3: Assignments (for Ethics and Law)

Weighting 50% This assessment task supports CLOs 2 & 6

Task 3.1: Assignment 1: 25%

Task 3.2: Assignment 2: 25%

These two assignments require you to critically analyse a range of contemporary health care issues from the viewpoint of legal and ethical principles.


Other Relevant Information

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