HSM401 Reflecting on Health Care Systems (8)

Students engage with their own experience to articulate their tacit understandings of health care from a clinician, technologist or health care professional perspective. The subject is structured to introduce foundation concepts underpinning health care systems, and students are presented with a framework to move through conceptual issues, current delivery issues and emerging trends to develop a managerial perspective on performance. They investigate definitions and models of health; how health, illness and disability are measured, particularly the determinants of health; how value can be measured and applied to different interventions and the impacts they have on health status; and, how choices are made in resource allocation to ultimately inform critique of trends linked to complex issues confronting health service managers.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HSM401. 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

Master of Health Services Management articulated set (includes the Diploma of Health Services Management and
Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management)
Master of Medical Radiation Science (with specialisations)
Master of Paramedicine
Master of Medical Science

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critique several models of health and illness before concluding the dominant model applicable to their work context
  • be able to identify, describe and distinguish various determinants of health and their relative impacts on health status
  • be able to critique the principal statistics, including demographic statistics, used as measures for health and illness and performance in health care delivery
  • be able to debate the contribution of economic theory to the process of resource allocation in a health or aged care context
  • be able to review the role and contribution of different stakeholders to shaping the policy and delivery of health and aged care services
  • be able to assess the relative significance of the principal components of health care system - by volume, cost, mode of delivery, provider, funding body, sector
  • be able to comment of the performance of the health and aged care systems from perspectives of equity, accessibility, efficiency and accountability
  • be able to categorise the components and characteristics of the health workforce and assess the impact of gender, demographic, education, technology, economic, and industrial conditions and issues on the health workforce
  • be able to debate the effectiveness, efficiency and acceptability of current funding arrangements from a variety of stakeholder perspectives
  • be able to test changes to funding models and the degree of acceptance from a variety of stakeholder perspectives
  • be able to critique developments in a number of health systems other than their own
  • be able to develop reflective practice, through reflective writing, to compare their experience and new learning to argue their managerial thinking
  • be able to reflect on the differences in thinking between clinicians/technologists/health care professionals, clinician-managers and managers on conceptions of work and performance in a health or aged care context


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Health concepts and models
  • __demography, epidemiology and measures of health;
  • __institutional care;
  • __non-institutional care;
  • Completion of the Indigenous Cultural Competency Program (ICCP)
  • Trends in health care management, financing and organisation
  • __health economics, technology and evaluation;
  • __health care stakeholders and policy;
  • __public-private sector relationships;
  • __institutional versus non-institutional models;
  • __the health workforce

Special Resources

Student access to the CSU Indigenous Cultural Competency Program (ICCP)


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.