HSM406 Resourcing Health and Aged Services (8)

Students are introduced to the processes of funding health and aged care without a presumed knowledge of accounting or finance. The development of different approaches to funding to address issues of equity, efficiency and effectiveness are examined. A consideration of likely developments, at different levels and types of organisation, is linked to pressures for reform in performance. Students will develop an ability to link analysis of performance with the principles of clinical governance to focus on an improvement in the quality of service delivery.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Available only to postgraduate students in health and aged services related courses

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe different approaches to the funding of health or aged care services used by governments;
  • be able to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of different funding models used by governments, including historical, per capita and output models;
  • be able to discuss recent reforms in funding of health or aged services, including government funding, non-government funding and user pay components;
  • be able to understand accounting concepts and financial management issues, such as accounting for overheads, capital assets, short and long term liabilities and depreciation;
  • be able to describe the strategic importance of information as a resource for health service managers;
  • be able to assess the implications of the concept of clinical governance and the processes required to develop and implement it within your own organisational context;
  • be able to demonstrate an ability to integrate their understanding of resource management principles through the development of a business case requiring resource investment.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module One: Financing Health and Aged Care Services
  • Topic 1.1 Sources of Funding Health and Aged Care: System level perspective
  • Topic 1.2 Reforms in funding and the management of expenditures
  • Topic 1.3 Funding of organisations and services
  • Module Two: Resource Management
  • Topic 2.1 Accounting Frameworks - Organisation Level
  • Topic 2.2 Budget Development and Management - Service Level
  • Topic 2.3 Managing Resources - Assets, Workforce, Information and Technology
  • Module Three: Clinical Governance
  • Topic 3.1 Clinical Governance - Definitions and Issues
  • Topic 3.2 Clinical Governance - Implementation


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.