Course Title: Health Care in Australia

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Health Care in Australia

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Rauha Quazi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4277

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 051.07.005

Course Coordinator Availability: Monday to Thurday

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 explore the trends, challenges and major factors impacting and expected to impact the Australian health system. You will become familiar with health referral pathways, health records and confidentiality and knowledge in developing partnerships in health. You will develop an understanding of different health professionals, and their roles and responsibilities within the continuum of care and the role of multidisciplinary health care.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following program learning outcomes:

  1. Communicate effectively in a range of forms (written, oral) and with diverse audiences and cultural groups (community, clients and health professionals)
  2. Manage and develop your own work and lead and manage others within a health or community context
  3. Apply ethical practices and be committed to the ethical and professional standards in health
  4. Apply the knowledge and skills of your study stream in community or health care settings

At the completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. 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
  2. Identify the major trends and challenges that are currently affecting Australia, and the major contributing factors responsible for the burden of disease rates
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the basics in health literacy and basic clinical terminology.
  4. Gain an understanding of the various health sectors including: private v. public; indigenous; ehealth; aged care and mental health
  5. Outline clearly the multidisciplinary approaches targeted at the ageing population and the difficulties facing the health care system
  6. Identify the range of accessible services and networks within community health and primary health care environments

Overview of Learning Activities

A variety of activities will support your learning in this course, such as:

  • Lectures and/or workshops (face-to-face and/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 (e.g. readings or activities around theory): to enhance and strengthen your knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.  The University Library has extensive resources for [discipline] students. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks

Early Assessment Task: Case study questions

Weighting 5%

This assessment task supports CLOs (Course Learning Outcomes) 1 & 3

Assessment Task 2:  Patient case study

Weighting 45%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1,3,5, 6

Assessment Task 3: Written Assessment Task

Weighting 50%

This assessment supports CLOs 2, 3, 4, 5