Course Title: Apply understanding of the Australian health care system

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: OHTH5677C

Course Title: Apply understanding of the Australian health care system

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: Bundoora Campus

Program: C5313 - Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 Nursing)

Course Contact: Leeanne Mond

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4837

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Erica O’Donoghue
Phone: +61 3 9925 7573

Nominal Hours: 20

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


This is co delivered with the unit HLTEN401B Work In the Nursing profession.

Course Description

This unit of competency describes skills and knowledge required to function independently in developing strategies to practise within the current and future health care environment taking into account the Australian health care system

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTEN516B Apply understanding of the Australian health care system


1. Practice within the Australian health care system

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Apply the principles of primary health care and wellness principles to own work role
1.2 Identify and access appropriate agencies to facilitate positive health outcomes for clients
1.3 Take into account the socio-cultural factors that may impact on the health of each client
1.4 Recognise and incorporate into practice the social influences that impact on health and illness
1.5 Work with an awareness of the political, economic and social impacts on health care delivery
1.6 Work with an awareness of non-western models of health care delivery and their place in contemporary practice
1.7 Apply strategies within own work role to maintain standards of care within the contemporary health care system
1.8 Apply knowledge of major considerations in the provision of health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
1.9 Apply knowledge of multiculturalism, health issues and health care practices facing peoples from places other than Australia
1.10 Maintain awareness of current health issues impacting on clinical practice and the development of health policy


2.. Apply an understanding of the funding sources for health in Australia

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Work with an awareness of appropriate source(s) of funding for health care services
2.2 Provide information to clients as required, relating to health care service funding sources and health related insurances in consultation/collaboration with registered nurse

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students should be able to:

• Have an understanding of the role of the EEN in the Australian Health care system
• Understand the range of funding sources for the Australian Health Care System
• Account for factors affecting health within the Australian Health Care System

Details of Learning Activities

Classroom teacher delivery
Group work

Self directed learning


Teaching Schedule

Class 1 Professional Nursing

Class 2 History of Nursing

Class 3 Decision making framework

Class 4. Critical reflection

Class 5 Philosophies of care

Class 6 Loss, grieving, death

Class 7 Professional development

Class 8 Nursing jobs

Class 9 The Australian healthcare System

Class 10 AHCS continues

Class 11 Management of healthcare

Classroom Lab 1 Activity sheet

Classroom Lab 2 Case Scenarios

Classroom Lab 3 Job Presentation


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Kozier and Erbs ‘Fundamentals of Nursing’. (2012) 1st Edition. Pearson: Australia


Internet access for Blackboard resources and online workbook

Other Resources

Learning Materials PowerPoint Files, Resources
Group Discussion Forum (Student Directed ONLY)
Assessments Online Workbook, Gradebook


Overview of Assessment

Underpining knowledge of this unit of conmpetency will be assessed via the following methods:

  • Class group presentation
  • Written Assessment
  • Classroom Activities

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1 Poster Presentation (Due in class on the 17th of April, 2015)
Students will work in groups of 4-6 as allocated by the teacher
Create a poster in your groups and undertake a group poster presentation in class
Assessment 2 Online Workbook (Due by 11pm on the 28th of April, 2015)
Students will be required to research answers on the internet and in resources provided
Completion of Online Workbook to a satisfactory level
Assessment 3 Class Activities (Due during each related class – 26th March, 14th & 17th April)
LAB 1, 2 & 3 session attendance and participation
Completion of all activities during LABS for submission
Assessment 4 Clinical Placement (Due by the 1st Monday on completion)
Attendance of Clinical LABS & WARD DAYS for skills practice and/or assessment
Satisfactory completion of Clinical Placement as determined by the Clinical Coordinator

Assessments in this course is conducted in conjunction with, HLTEN401B Work in The Nursing Profession, includes online tests and practical class activity sheets, and presentation

Assessment Matrix

See assessment matrix on Blackboard

Other Information

Assessment Information

Please refer to the RMIT assessment policies for, special consideration, extensions of time, equitable assessment arrangements and future assessment adjustments.


Re-submission of assessment

One further opportunity to demonstrate Clinical Lab competence, will be provided to students if not deemed Satisfactory at the time of clinical assessment.

Re-submission of Written work, or other assessments , (once only. Excluding Exams) can be granted on recommendation from the teacher and approval by Program Coordinator.


Plagiarism is a form of cheating in assessment and may occur in oral, written or visual presentations. It is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person, without appropriate referencing, as though it is your own:


Is an online service, in to which teachers and students submit student assignments into a large database, via Blackboard, refer Turnitin website


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