HHSM20001 - Australian Health Care Structures

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Health care managers operate within a complex healthcare environment that is ever changing and responsive to International and national influences. In this unit you will obtain an understanding of how the Australian health care model fits within an International context and how different types of health care settings have evolved. You will also explore the correlation between health care structures, and reform agendas and policy. Within this unit you will have the opportunity to analyse the structures and policies of a specific health organisation and interpret these through the development of communication tools.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Portfolio 60%
2. Presentation and Written Assessment 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 40% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: email from student on completion of unit
I learned heaps from this unit!
Continue to ensure learning material is relevant to the health industry of students, creating opportunities for students to explore policy and literature related to their health sector.
Action Taken
The information is contemporary. There is opportunity to discuss current issues influencing the workplace.
Source: discussions with student by phone
Students enjoyed forum discussions and debate on health policy
To continue lively discussions of contemporary policy issues in the health care system through forums
Action Taken
It is a challenge to sustain lively discussion on the forum with low numbers, however regular introduction of topical issues keeps the forums alive with debate.
Source: Student emails
Some students had difficulty copying the Mahara portfolio to file and submitting to Turn-it-in.
Explore an easier portfolio platform and replace Mahara.
Action Taken
Source: Student phone call and an email.
Students liked that the units were open up at the start of semester so they could self manage their time.
Continue to open the units up at start of term.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the influence of international health care models on the evolution of the Australian health care system
  2. Determine the inter-relationship between health care structures and health care policy
  3. Contrast the difference in governance between Government, non-Government, private and the charitable health care sectors
  4. Examine the relationship between health care reform, health care issues and health management practice.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Portfolio
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Portfolio
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment