HML507 Planning Health Services (8)

This subject takes a population health approach in developing needs assessments, service plans, models of care, and strategic and facility commissioning plans. In doing this, students learn strategies for engaging with priority populations, referencing Indigenous and rural communities in particular. They also learn how to model a positive attitude towards future health care design and delivery challenges.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

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



Two sessions


School of Biomedical Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Students enrolled in the Master of Health Management and Leadership, Master of Paramedicine (elective) or with CD approval.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply a population health approach to the development of needs assessments, service plans and models of care;
  • be able to discuss personal attributes and strategies for engaging with priority populations and modelling a positive attitude towards future health care design and delivery challenges;
  • be able to describe key elements of a health-related strategic plan;
  • be able to critique evidence for improving Indigenous health in rural and urban areas;
  • be able to source and analyse organisational and health data for health improvement and the control of threats to the community; and
  • be able to create a plan for commissioning a health facility and equipment in order that the facility is health-enhancing, fit for purpose and legislatively compliant.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Population health;
  • Population demographics and health status;
  • Health service data analysis;
  • Rural health;
  • Indigenous health;
  • Engaging priority population groups;
  • Models of care;
  • Day-to-day planning in health management and leadership;
  • Needs assessment;
  • Service planning purpose and methodology;
  • Strategic planning purpose and methodology; and
  • Facility commissioning.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.