Australias health system.
A3: Short answer essay
Due date Week 13, Friday, 26th Oct, 23.59pm
Weighting 30% (1500 words + 10%)
Note: In text references are counted towards the word count
3. Explain how Australia’s health system works
4. Develop an awareness of the principles of universal healthcare and
how it is achieved globally
This is an individual task. This assessment covers the online content from week eight to
twelve. This includes universal healthcare and Australia’s healthcare system.
From the course materials, you have learned that universal healthcare and health systems are
interrelated. Universal healthcare is an approach that underpins many health systems. It is
championed by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Discuss universal healthcare using the factors identified by the World Health Organisation.
Compare the health status of Australia and one other country.
This is an essay and will require a brief introduction and conclusion. Please respond and
structure your essay around the three parts below:
1. Define universal healthcare and outline the five factors needed for Universal Health
Care as identified by the World Health Organisation. Discuss how well one or more
are practiced in Australia.
a) Efficient, well-run health system
c) Availability of medicine and technology
d) Health workers
e) Actions to address social determinants of health
NB: These are simplified, you will need to engage with the WHO material for a more detailed
description of the factors. http://www.who.int/healthsystems/topics/financing/uhc_qa/en/
You will need to do some additional research to discuss how well the factors are practiced in
2. Choose one of the following countries and discuss how well one or more of the five
factors are practiced and the challenges to implementation in that country.