HSM408 Current Issues in Health Services Management (8)

Students develop an understanding of determinants of health and other issues currently impacting on health services, and how to analyse health policy aimed at addressing these. Students analyse the implementation of health policy and other initiatives requiring changes to resource distribution or shared values in their own workplace.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HSM408. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Available only to postgraduate students in health services related courses

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and critically analyse a variety of issues in health service delivery that could be considered "current";
  • be able to critically appraise issues in health service delivery in terms of their ethical considerations, place in health and social policy, importance in resource allocation and managerial decision making;
  • be able to synthesise knowledge of contemporary health policy and its implementation with an understanding of the complexity of their health services management context ;
  • be able to analyse health policy with particular attention to managerial processes within their scope of influence.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Policy analysis
  • The case study method of enquiry
  • Change management
  • Technology issues
  • Funding issues
  • Workforce issues
  • Social and consumer issues
  • Ageing and aged care service issues
  • Securing the health of communities
  • Service development issues
  • Safety and quality health care
  • Improved distribution and equitable access to services
  • Hospital-centrism


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

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.