PUBH 7020 Policy, Power and Politics in Health Care Provision

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 400238

Coordinator Sheree Smith Opens in new window

Description This unit enables students to gain an understanding of the political and social constructions that underpin health care services such as social determinants of health. It also provides students with the opportunity to explore and critically analyse issues related to the development, implementation and outcomes of health and aged care policies.

School Nursing & Midwifery

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Pre-requisite(s) Students enrolled in course 4673 must have passed the following three units before they can enrol in this unit - NURS 7018 Contemporary Professional Practice in Mental Health Nursing and NURS 7024 Evidence-based Nursing and NURS 7028 Leadership in Clinical Practice

Equivalent Subjects LGYB 9177 - Policy Power and Politics in Health Care Provision

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in a postgraduate program.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Recognise and critique social ideologies and theories which shape public spending on health and aged care and health policy development;
  2. Develop and utilise insight into the relationships between politics and power in the construction of health and aged care policy;
  3. Explore the concept that interest groups exert power and influence in the area of health and aged care policy formulation;
  4. Examine significant historical, structural and environmental factors which affect health and aged care policy development and translation;
  5. Consider the global evolution of health and aged care policies and the organisational patterns of health and aged care services, with respect to the World Health Organisation�fs commitment to Primary Health Care;
  6. Demonstrate an awareness of ethical and legal dilemmas and constraints involved in formulating and enacting health and aged care policies

Subject Content

Module1: Introduction to the Foundations of Health Policy
- what is policy
- The policy cycle
- social theory and social policy
- ethics and Distributive justice in health resourcing
- Legislation
- The new public health
Module 2: Policy Analysis in the Context of Social Complexity
- definitions of power and policy development
- approaches to policy analysis
- critique of macro and Micro health policies
- methods of analysis and evaluation
Module 3: The global economy and the future of health care
- ageing
- obesity and wellbeing
- end-of-life and Living at Home
- Technology
- Global economic variations and health care
Module 4: Politics and Public Opinion in Setting the Health Care Agenda
- Federalism and health
- Role of 'unofficial actors' in the development of policy
- quality and safety in health care (adverse events, Crisis management)

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Short answer questions 1,500 words 40 N Individual
Critical analysis 3,000 words 60 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • There is no essential textbook.
  • Althaus, C., Bridgeman, P., & Davis, G. (2013). The Australian Policy Handbook: (5th ed.) Crows Nest NSW: Allen & Unwin.

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 2

Hong Kong Baptist University

Offshore

Subject Contact Sheree Smith Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Online

Online

Subject Contact Stephen Mcnally Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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