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HPER71-117: Sustainable Healthcare September 2021 [Mixed (Face-to-Face)]

General information

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.


Academic unit:Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Subject code:HPER71-117
Subject title:Sustainable Healthcare
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:September 2021
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:

Mixed (Face-to-Face)

Workload items:
  • Workshop: x3 (Total hours: 24) - Intensive workshop
  • Directed Online Activity: x10 (Total hours: 25) - Self-paced online modules
  • Tutorial: x3 (Total hours: 3) - Assessment tutorials
  • Personal Study Hours: x11 (Total hours: 68) - Personal study
Attendance and learning activities: Students will have access to 10 weeks of self-paced online modules, and are required to attend a 3-day intensive workshop.


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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 who have already completed one third (33%) of their total program online.

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Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  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.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Presentation Examine the quality of a healthcare service, consider potential variations and the possibility of overdiagnosis and overtreatment. 30% Week 5 2, 3.
Analysis Case analysis: Examine evidence for the potential for low value care in healthcare 30% Week 8 1, 2, 3, 4.
Written Report Case Report: Create innovative solutions to help improve the sustainability of the Australian health system. 40% Week 12 1, 3, 5, 6.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

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Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

The University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Accessibility and Inclusion Support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

An overview of the rising costs of healthcare, increasing expectations for care, and the aging population.

Learn about the characteristics of an effective and safe health system.

An exploration of areas of waste in healthcare, low value healthcare and some possible solutions.

Explore the concept and impact of overdiagnosis on sustainable healthcare.

Examine some challenges in the delivery of alternative models of care, changes to the healthcare workforce, and the value of consumer involvement in healthcare and health policy.

Consider the commercialisation of normality and learn about overuse and overtreatment in healthcare.

Explore potential strategies to reduce overdiagnosis and overtreatment and improve sustainable healthcare.

Examine the sustainability of successful models of care.

Consider how innovations in technology and leadership might improve sustainable healthcare.

Consider the impact that conflicts of interest, commercial drivers, waste in research, and environmental sustainability has on the health system.

Approved on: Jun 28, 2021. Edition: 6.0