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HSW3210 Health and Wellbeing Politics and Policy

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 090103 - Policy Studies


Attaining the highest standard of health possible is a human right. However, the availability, accessibility acceptability, and affordability of the high quality health care that is essential for securing this right is largely a matter of government policy. Much depends on political will and commitment of governments to deliver and underwrite the burgeoning demand for, and cost of, health care. Attaining this universal right presents a major challenge to low income countries. However, it is also an uncertain prospect in wealthier nations, such as Australia. In the past few decades, politically and fiscally conservative nation-states like Australia have made substantial changes to how and how much they govern and spend, and consequently, the policies they adopt, including those in support of the highest standard of population health attainable. This course serves as an introduction to the process of formulating, developing, analysing, evaluating, and advocating for or against government policy. It also examines the way in, and extent to, which, Australian governments have framed, funded, and fulfilled their policy obligation to provide public health care since shifting to neoliberalism and economic rationalism.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2016 On-campus Ipswich