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HPER71-117: Sustainable Healthcare


The sustainability of current healthcare practice is being challenged by expanding healthcare options, spiralling costs, changing demographics, and patient expectations. The demand for healthcare often exceeds supply. In some countries, people are consuming healthcare excessively and consequently risk being harmed, while others receive inadequate healthcare, suggesting health resources are wasted. In this subject, you will examine the potential reasons for this and explore possible responses. You will investigate variations in healthcare practices, explore low value care, learn about overdiagnosis, overtreatment, and expanding healthcare definitions. You will develop creative solutions in an attempt to mitigate unsustainable healthcare practices that aim to improve healthcare outcomes for patients and communities. Content for this subject is based on the current research from national and international leaders in sustainable healthcare and supported by a global network of innovators.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Semesters offered
  • September 2022 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Health Sciences
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,710
  • Commencing in 2023: $5,860

Learning outcomes

1. Describe current and emerging challenges in providing quality healthcare services. 2. Analyse reasons for variations in the quality of healthcare services. 3. Demonstrate knowledge of effective use of resources including overdiagnosis and consumption in a contemporary health system. 4. Evaluate strategies to reduce overdiagnosis and overtreatment in healthcare. 5. Develop strategies to manage and maximise the quality and sustainability of health services.

Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

An understanding of the Australian health system and evidence based practice.

Restrictions: ?


Subject outlines

Subject dates

Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens19/07/2022
Semester start12/09/2022
Subject start12/09/2022
Cancellation 1?26/09/2022
Cancellation 2?03/10/2022
Last enrolment25/09/2022
Withdraw – Financial?08/10/2022
Withdraw – Academic?29/10/2022
Teaching census?07/10/2022