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HS1401 - Health and Health Care in Australia

Credit points: 3
Year: 2015
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

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 will be examined. Throughout this subject, epidemiological patterns of the Australian population; what makes people sick and well will also be explored. Factors which impact upon the health status of the population and how these factors are measured, comparisons 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 will all be explored throughout this subject. Methods for accessing health and demographic data will also be introduced as well as the interpretation of this data.

Learning Outcomes

  • ability to compare the health of Australia with that of other nations;
  • describe changes in the Australian population;
  • describe the demographic characteristics of the Australian population;
  • describe the demographic characteristics of their home community;
  • describe the epidemiological patterns of the Australian population;
  • describe the structure of the Australian health system;
  • use of ABS and other sources of data to describe the health of students home population.
Prerequisites: 70510E is an allowed parent study package on any EXT Availabilities of this subject

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 27-Aug-2015
Coordinator: <Person not found>, <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%); other exams (20%); assignments (30%).

External, Study Period 2
Census Date 27-Aug-2015
Coordinator: <Person not found>, <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%); other exams (20%); assignments (30%).
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.
Enrolment in this offering is restricted.

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 27-Aug-2015
Coordinator: <Person not found>, <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%); other exams (20%); assignments (30%).

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.