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HPER71-117: Sustainable Healthcare


Current healthcare practice is becoming unsustainable. Expansion of healthcare options, spiralling costs, changing demographics and patient expectations mean that the demand for healthcare exceeds supply. Different forms of healthcare rationing are becoming commonplace. In some countries, people are consuming healthcare to the point of being harmed, while others receive none, and many health resources are wasted. In this subject you will examine the reasons for this and explore possible responses. You will investigate the variations in healthcare in order to address the challenges of creating value for patients, maintaining efficient disease screening and treatment, and sustaining effective interventions and services. You will learn to develop and implement sustainable healthcare practices that 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 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Health Sciences
Subject fees
  • Current: $5,430
  • Commencing in May 2021: $5,710

Learning outcomes

1. Describe current and emerging challenges in sustainable healthcare.
2. Articulate the reasons for variations in healthcare quality.
3. Discuss how to measure quality in healthcare, and examine the quality of a service for over-diagnosis and over-treatment.
4. Explain how diagnostics over-servicing and changes in disease definitions can lead to over-diagnosis and over-treatment.
5. Describe strategies to manage and maximise sustainable healthcare in clinical practice.
6. Critically appraise strategies to support sustainable delivery of healthcare 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: ?
  • This subject is not available to students on US Financial Aid.
  • Students on a Student Visa may be restricted from enrolment due to the mode of delivery in the chosen semester. Check the subject outline for further details.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens02/08/2020
Semester start14/09/2020
Subject start14/09/2020
Cancellation 1?28/09/2020
Cancellation 2?05/10/2020
Last enrolment27/09/2020
Withdraw – Financial?10/10/2020
Withdraw – Academic?31/10/2020
Teaching census?09/10/2020