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Unit Overview


The first component of this unit critically analyses how healthcare systems are structured, funded, operated, and evaluated, both in Australian and internationally. Students will compare and contrast healthcare systems and their components, examining the issues and complexities faced, as well as examining best practice examples. Through this comparative analysis of health system attributes and outcomes students will debate the main models and principles of health systems, including public vs private healthcare.

The second component of this unit will enhance students understanding of both local and global health policy through the application of concepts, theories and methods for common issues facing the health sector. Students will critical analyse common national and international healthcare policy challenges, learn different methodologies for policy development and reform in complex environments and be able to critique policy at a level appropriate for a healthcare leader.

The third component of this unit focuses on clinical and corporate governance. Students will analyse common governance issues facing healthcare organisations, examine governance models and standards and learn tools and techniques to develop and implement strategies aimed at improving the quality of healthcare organisations. Students will learn strategies aimed at reducing harm, improving consumer engagement and improving the safety and efficiency of healthcare systems and processes through quality improvements tools and techniques.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Trimester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) critically analyse healthcare system structures, operations and funding models; (2) critique of the strengths and weaknesses of healthcare systems (national and international) across a range of performance indicators; (3) evaluate different methodologies for health system policy making and reform; (4) explain common clinical and corporate governance models, standards and structures; and (5) apply quality improvement tools and techniques to problems in health care management.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) class participation; (2) individual assignment; and (3) group assignment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Sylvia Lennon
Unit rules
Enrolment in
one of the following courses: Master of Business Administration (coursework).
Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership and Management.
or approval from The Business School only, which will be determined with regard to relevant documented professional work experience
Contact hours
Seminar up to 3 hours per week
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