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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 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Health Sciences
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,310
  • Commencing in 2023: $5,450

Learning outcomes

1. Describe current and emerging challenges in sustainable healthcare. 2. Evaluate reasons for variations in healthcare quality. 3. Analyse healthcare practices for the possibility of overdiagnosis and overtreatment. 4. Explain how overservicing and changes in disease definitions can lead to overdiagnosis and overtreatment. 5. Critically appraise strategies to support sustainable delivery of healthcare services. 6. Develop strategies to manage and maximise sustainable healthcare in clinical practice.

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 opens18/07/2021
Semester start13/09/2021
Subject start13/09/2021
Cancellation 1?27/09/2021
Cancellation 2?04/10/2021
Last enrolment26/09/2021
Withdraw – Financial?09/10/2021
Withdraw – Academic?30/10/2021
Teaching census?08/10/2021