HSM401 Reflecting on Health Care Systems (8)

Students study foundational concepts underpinning health care systems, including models of health and healthcare, measures of health, illness and disability, determinants of health and their impact on health status; health economics, policy and key stakeholders. Students examine the nature of institutional and non- institutional care, private- public sector relationships and the healthcare workforce as key contextual influences on health management practice. Trends in healthcare financing, organisation and management are reviewed, and students explore the nature of other healthcare systems. Students are presented with a framework for understanding conceptual issues, current delivery issues and emerging trends and reflect on their own workplace experience to articulate tacit understandings of their health care system and their health management practice.

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



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Master of Health Services Management articulated set (includes the Graduate 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
Master of Business Administration (with specialisations)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critique contemporary models of health and illness;
  • be able to identify, describe and distinguish various determinants of health, in particular those relating to Indigenous communities, and their relevant impact 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 review the role and contribution of different stakeholders in shaping the policy and delivery of health and aged care services;
  • be able to describe their health care system, including structure, financing and workforce as the context of their health management practice;
  • be able to discuss the performance of their health care system from perspectives of equity, accessibility, efficiency and accountability;
  • be able to compare developments in a number of health systems with their own; and
  • be able to develop reflective practice, to compare their experience and new learning and to further develop their identity and thinking as a health manager.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Health concepts and models;
  • Demography, epidemiology and measures of health;
  • Health economics, technology and evaluation;
  • Health care stakeholders and policy;
  • Indigenous cultural competency;
  • Institutional and non-institutional care;
  • The health workforce;
  • Public-private sector relationships;
  • Trends in health care organisation, management and resourcing; and
  • Reflection in health management practice.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of HSM401 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Online reflection 1
Performance indicators response
Online reflection 2

Special Resources

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

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.