The Students will debate the ethical issues that can arise in the management of health care systems. They will utilise these skills to develop plans and recommendations to create ways for systems and management challenges to be resolved. In addition, they will create an inventory of resource requirements that are applicable to a variety of healthcare settings, with a focus on vulnerable populations.
This assessment requires students to undertake an analysis of a health service and consider how well it is prepared to meet the needs of Australia’s ageing population. Students may select any specialist health service from within their own state and should be from the health sectors b) OR d) as described below: a) Primary Care (e.g. General Practice, Dental Service). b) Primary Health Care (e.g. Drug and Alcohol Service, Aboriginal Health Services). c) Secondary Care (e.g. Pathology Services, Breast Screening Services). d) Tertiary Care (e.g. Public or Private Hospitals). e) Quaternary Care (e.g. specialised tertiary care such as neurosurgery, cardiac surgery, plastic surgery, and transplantation).
This analysis should be undertaken using a systems thinking approach and should use the WHO six building blocks of a health system framework. The building blocks are: o Service Delivery: good service delivery comprises quality, access, safety and coverage. o Health Workforce: a well-performing workforce consists of human resources management, skills and policies. o Information: a well performing system ensures the production, analysis, dissemination and use of timely and reliable information. o Medical Products, Vaccines and Technologies; procurement and supply programs need to ensure equitable access, assured quality and cost-effective use. o Financing: a good health financing system raises adequate funds for health, protects people from financial catastrophe, allocates resources, and purchases good and services in ways that improve quality, equity, and efficiency. o Leadership and Governance (Stewardship): effective leadership and governance ensures the existence of strategic policy frameworks, effective oversight and coalitionbuilding, provision of appropriate incentives, and attention to system design, and accountability. It is important that you view the PowerPoint entitled ‘Tools for Systems Thinking’ which is available in the assessments portal BEFORE you begin your assessment. The PowerPoint provides an overview of several tools used for undertaking a systems thinking approach to analysis. Make sure you read the slides and review all the additional resources supplied. Your assessment is essentially in two parts: In part one you should position your chosen service
In part one you should position your chosen service within the broader Australian heath system by examining its interconnectedness, boundaries and relationships using a systems perspective. You should use at least one (1) systems thinking tool. In part two you should analyse your chosen service and its preparedness to meet the needs of Australia’s ageing population using the WHO six building blocks of a health system framework. You should use at least two (2) systems thinking tools.
PART 1: The position of the chosen service within the broader Australian heath system is identified. The chosen service is described, and its position within the broader Australian heath system is identified and critically analysed using a systems perspective with evidence of theory application.
The interconnectedness, boundaries and relationships of the chosen service are identified and analysed. The chosen service’s interconnectedness, boundaries and relationships are identified, higher order analysis and critical thinking is performed.
A systems thinking perspective and tools are employed in the analysis of the chosen service. The analysis is undertaken using a systems perspective and two or more systems thinking tools. There is evidence of theory identification and application to underpin findings.
PART 2: The chosen service is analysed regarding its preparedness to meet the needs of Australia’s ageing population. The chosen service’ preparedness to meet the needs of Australia’s ageing population is described and critically analysed using a systems perspective with evidence of theory application.
The chosen service is analysed using the WHO six building blocks of a health system framework. The chosen service is analysed, to a highly complex level, using the WHO six building blocks of a health system framework. Systems thinking and engagement with theory and critical thinking is evident.
At least two (2) systems thinking tools are utilised in the building blocks analysis. The analysis is undertaken using a systems perspective and three or more systems thinking tools. There is evidence of theory identification and application to underpin findings.