Free Online Course on Understanding the Australian Health Care System

The University of Queensland is offering free online course on Understanding the Australian Health Care System. Students will gain an experiential understanding of how this multi-layered system operates in the context of the geographic, social and cultural landscapes of Australia and how to successfully navigate within this system.

In this nine-week course, applicants will understand and navigate the complexities of Australia’s world-leading health care system by following patient journeys. This course will start on July 11, 2017.

Course At A Glance 

Length: 9 weeks
Effort: 1-2 hours pw
Subject: Health & Safety
Institution: University of Queensland and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $49
Session: Course Starts on July 11, 2017

Providers’ Details

The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, is one of the world’s premier teaching and research institutions. Striving for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge UQ ranks in the top 50 Universities as measured by the QS World University Rankings. UQ is one of only three Australian members of the global Universitas 21 and a founding member of the Group of Eight (Go8) universities.

About This Course

This course will enable you to understand the workings of the Australian health care system. By following in the footsteps of patient journeys, you will gain an experiential understanding of how this multi-layered system operates in the context of the geographic, social and cultural landscapes of Australia and how to successfully navigate within this system.

This course will enable you to answer questions such as:

  • Why are there multiple layers within this health care system?
  • What are these layers and how are they funded?
  • What is the role of insurance in this system?
  • How are medicines regulated and made available in Australia?
  • What services and roles are available in the Australian health care system?
  • How can I facilitate patient journeys through the Australian health care system?

Why Take This Course?

This course will enable you to understand the workings of the Australian health care system.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain the structure and layers of the Australian health care system and identify services and practitioners within it
  • Outline approaches to maintaining standards and how medicines and therapeutic goods are managed
  • Outline the roles of financing, risk and insurances and identify patient expenses
  • Map and facilitate a patient journey within the Australian health care system
  • Have skills to access reliable, up-to-date information about the Australian health care system

Instructors

Dr. Cherri Ryan

Dr Cherri Ryan (née Willemse) is a Lecturer in Clinical Sciences and Course Coordinator in the University of Queensland’s Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program.

Prof. Mieke van Driel

Professor Mieke van Driel is Head of the Primary Care Clinical Unit and Discipline of General Practice at The University of Queensland.

Dr. Allyson Mutch

Dr Allyson Mutch is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Queensland’s (UQ) School of Public Health.

Requirements

None

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Create an edx account to signup
  • Choose “Register Now” to get started.
  • Edx offers honor code certificates of achievement, verified certificates of achievement, and xseries certificates of achievement. Currently, verified certificates are only available in some courses.
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