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HS1401 - Health and Health Care in Australia

Credit points: 3
Year: 2011
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch Public Health,Trop Medicine&Rehabilitation Sc

Also available to students in other programs through negotiation with the Head of School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences.

This subject introduces students to the broad concepts surrounding demographic characteristics of the Australian population: location; age; ethnicity; gender; socio-economic status and education. Changes in the Australian population over time: births; deaths; migration and changes in the composition of the population. Epidemiological patterns of the Australian population; what makes people sick and well. Factors which have impact upon the health status of the population and how these factors are measured. Comparison of the health status of Australia with other nations. The structure of the Australian health care system. How decisions are made about health service activity; access, resource allocation, federal/state relations, paying for health. Accessing health and demographic data.

Learning Outcomes

  • describe changes in the Australian population;
  • describe the demographic characteristics of the Australian population;
  • describe the demographic characteristics of their home community;
  • describe the structure of the Australian health system;
  • use of ABS and other sources of data to describe the health of students home population;
  • Compare the health of Australia with that of other nations;
  • describe the epidemiological patterns of the Australian population and understand health influences.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams;
  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • An understanding of the economic, legal, ethical, social and cultural issues involved in the use of information;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner.

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 25-Aug-2011
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: <Person not found>, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 39 hours lectures - 3 hours lectures/week
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); assignments (30%); (20%).

External, Study Period 2
Census Date 25-Aug-2011
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: <Person not found>, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 39 hours lectures - electronically available via LearnJCU
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCUandPrinted materials
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); assignments (30%); (20%).
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.
Enrolment in this offering is restricted.

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 25-Aug-2011
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: <Person not found>, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 39 hours lectures - 3 hours lectures/week
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); assignments (30%); (20%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.