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HPER11-103: Health Systems


To effectively navigate, work in, and improve health systems, it is essential to understand how they are structured and operate. In this subject, you will learn about the building blocks of the Australian health system to understand how it works, who the key players are, how decisions on resources allocation are made, and identify contemporary health system challenges. You will measure how well Australia’s health system is working to improve population health and contrast it to selected international comparators. To promote equitable health systems, you will explore the way in which the diverse population interacts with and accesses health services.  

Subject details

Type: Undergraduate Subject
Code: HPER11-103
Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Credit: 10
Study areas:
  • Business, Commerce, and Entrepreneurship
  • Health, Biomedical, and Sport Sciences

Learning outcomes

  1. Describe the Australian health system and identify key health system challenges.
  2. Discuss the role of health governance in health systems.
  3. Apply the principles of health economics to inform health decisions.
  4. Evaluate the Australian health system in the context of international comparators.
  5. Effectively communicate the impact of the social determinants of health on healthcare access and health outcomes.

Enrolment requirements



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.

Restrictions: This subject is not available to
  • Study Abroad Students