HHSM20002 - Managing Access and Equity in Health Care Settings

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Health managers are challenged to ensure access and equity across all sectors of health care services. This unit introduces you to the ethics and law underpinning these important health care concerns. Policies and strategies are examined for groups who may experience difficulties with access and equity in health care. You will have the opportunity to identify strategies in an organisational setting that may improve health outcomes for a specific group. The impact of access on workforce planning will also be examined together with issues relating to equity and human resource management.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
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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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2022

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 3 - 2022

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. 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%).

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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: Forum discussions
Students felt it was useful to discuss challenges of access and equity in health services with peers.
Continue to encourage peer discussion in the forums to reflect on current practice.
Action Taken
This was continued and more opportunities explored.
Source: Emails and calls at time of portfolio submission.
Some frustration from students on saving the Mahara to file and submitting to turn-it-in.
Explore alternatives to Mahara portfolio and incorporate to unit 2020.
Action Taken
Mahara was exchanged for Portfolium
Source: n/a
This unit is being terminated, so no recommendations are required.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Examine the ethical principles underpinning access and equity with a focus on how these are reflected in Australian law and policy
  2. Analyse social determinants that may impact on access and equity in health care
  3. Explore barriers and enablers related to access and equity in health care for specific population groups
  4. Evaluate current policy, strategies, innovations and interventions to address access and equity issues in health care
  5. Analyse the impact of access in work-force planning, equity in human resource management and strategies to address the issues identified.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Portfolio
2 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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 8
1 - Portfolio
2 - Written Assessment