Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Health Systems, Policy and Governance examines national and international health systems and policies from a governance perspective. Conceptual frameworks in governance rely on multidisciplinary (e.g. political sciences, public policy, management, industrial relations and economics) approaches to understand the complexities of dynamic industries such as the health and social care sector. Students will be exposed to healthcare governance frameworks and to applications in the Australian and health countries' systems and policy. Students will examine the principles of healthcare organisations, institutions, and policy design and development in a comparative perspective, and will discuss recent healthcare reform efforts in developed and developing countries. Historical, political, economic and stakeholders' influence on current and emerging health reforms and policy will be analysed to enable students to recognise and design best practices.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2022
  • Trimester 3 - 2022


  • Semester 2 - 2022
  • Trimester 3 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Examine different models and regulations of governance in healthcare systems and services.

2. Apply theoretical knowledge and critically analyse specific cases from different perspectives for health policy.

3. Critically examine the stakeholders' approaches and positions within governance structures.

4. Examine different types of health care systems and policies and analyse their implications for efficiency and equity.

5. Critically analyse contemporary reforms in healthcare nationally and internationally.

6. Assess the comparative performance of healthcare systems and use such analysis to infer implications for health policy.

7. Apply analytical skills to interpret and analyse data from a variety of sources, and communicate information effectively.


The course comprises the following five modules:

1.    The language of governance and philosophies of healthcare and healthcare policies.

2.    The Choice of Policy Instruments and developing health policy: from theory to practice.

3.    Governance challenges in Australia: the federalism labyrinth.

4.    Healthcare systems policy and governance comparison.

5.    Policy Case studies: Provision and Regulation of Primary Care; The Impact of Technology; and Population Ageing.

Assessment items

Project: Policy Scope Project (20%)

Report: Report Critique (30%)

Presentation: Policy Project Final Presentation (50%)

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct and Online

Online Activity

Online 36 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 1

online equivalent of 36 hrs face to face


Face to Face On Campus 36 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 1

Face to face 36 hours per term or online equivalent.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.