HSM510 Health Planning (8)


Students gain skills in health service planning, a process aimed at improving health services delivery using a deliberate and structured approach. Actual planning issues are identified and students are guided through a service planning process to the point where a planning report, including recommendations for change, are proposed.

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Session 2
DistanceBathurst Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Biomedical Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • distinguish between strategic, operational and service planning activities and approaches within the health care context;
  • demonstrate skills in sourcing, analysing and presenting, epidemiological, demographic and health information for service planning;
  • conduct strengths, weakneses, opportunities and strengths (SWOT) analyses, stakeholder analysis and consultations, needs assessments and options analyses within the context of health service planning
  • critically analyse political, policy, economic, social, technological and environmental factors which impinge on planning choices and outcomes;
  • construct planning documents which demonstrate the acquisition of skills linked to the notion of supply, demand and resource allocation to justify the recommendations;
  • develop a service planning implementation schedule incorporating the identification of key performance measures and the ability to monitor and evaluate the impact of change


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • The concept of planning
  • Planning in the health services context
  • Culture and change - management and leadership
  • Needs assessment
  • Scenario analysis
  • Decision analysis
  • Interpreting policy and developing statements of goals and objectives
  • Developing submissions for service planning
  • Evaluating change


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.