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.


Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HSM510. 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

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


This 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


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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.