HHSM20002 - Managing Access and Equity in Health Care Settings
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

Health managers are challenged to ensure access and equity across all sectors of health care services. This unit introduces you to the ethics and law underpinning these important health care concerns. Policies and strategies are examined for groups who may experience difficulties with access and equity in health care. You will have the opportunity to identify strategies in an organisational setting that may improve health outcomes for a specific group. The impact of access on workforce planning will also be examined together with issues relating to equity and human resource management.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Residential Schools

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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Portfolio 60%
2. Written Assessment 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Examine the ethical principles underpinning access and equity with a focus on how these are reflected in Australian law and policy
  2. Analyse social determinants that may impact on access and equity in health care
  3. Explore barriers and enablers related to access and equity in health care for specific population groups
  4. Evaluate current policy, strategies, innovations and interventions to address access and equity issues in health care
  5. Analyse the impact of access in work-force planning, equity in human resource management and strategies to address the issues identified.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Portfolio
2 - Written Assessment

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Knowledge
2. Communication
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills          
4. Research  
5. Self-management        
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility  
7. Leadership    

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Portfolio  
2 - Written Assessment    

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorJennifer Mulvogue (j.mulvogue@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Defining equity and economic influences in health care systems

Week 2 13-03-2017

Defining access in health care systems

Week 3 20-03-2017

Examine ethical principles underpinning access and equity and their reflection in Australian law

Week 4 27-03-2017

Theoretical approaches to conceptualising inequity

Week 5 03-04-2017

Analysing economic distribution and its role in health outcomes

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Analysing social determinants, geographical and demographical factors influencing equity and access

Week 7 24-04-2017

Exploring global themes in access and equity

Week 8 01-05-2017

Exploring international reform in access and equity to health services

Week 9 08-05-2017

Analysing the influence of the national reform agenda

Week 10 15-05-2017

Explore barriers and enablers related to access and equity for specific population groups

Week 11 22-05-2017

Analysing equity in human resource management

Week 12 29-05-2017

Workplace planning for a more equitable and accessible workforce

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Portfolio

Assessment Title Portfolio
Task Description

Portfolio

-Complete all tasks

-A total of 900-1000 words to be written each week (in total) for portfolio tasks

-Portfolio tasks are described on the Moodle site. A marking guide is used to assess your knowledge and application of portfolio tasks

-Portfolio tasks are due at the end of the following week. This is the case for all weeks, except for Week 1 and Week 2, which are due at the end of Week 3.

Assessment Due Date Portfolio tasks are due at the end of the following week. This is the case for all weeks, except for Week 1 and Week 2, which are due at the end of Week 3.
Return Date to Students Marked portfolio tasks will be returned the week following submission.
Weighting 60%
Assessment Criteria

Portfolio

Week 1 – Week 11

High Distinction 85-100% Distinction 75-84% Credit 65-74% Pass 50-64% Fail Below 50%
Structure 20%
Presentation 15%
Very well presented. No spelling or grammatical errors. Well proof read. Written in clear and cohesive style. Very well presented. Minimal spelling and grammatical errors. Well proof read. Written in clear and easy to read style. Well presented. Some spelling and grammatical errors. Written in an easy to read style. There may be one or more areas where there was evidence of lack of attention to presentation. Many errors in presentation.
Referencing 5%
Consistently integrates appropriate references to support and reflect all ideas, factual information and quotations. Generally integrates appropriate references to support and reflect ideas, factual information and quotations with one or two exceptions. Partly integrates appropriate references to support and reflect ideas, factual information and quotations, with 3 or 4 exceptions. Occasionally integrates appropriate references to support and reflect ideas, factual information and quotations, with 5 or 6 exceptions. Fails to or infrequent attempts (>7 errors) to integrate appropriate references to support and reflect ideas, factual information and quotations.
Accurate referencing. No errors. Accurate referencing. One error. Accurate referencing. Two errors. Accurate referencing. Three errors. More than three errors.
Analysis 80%
The response is clearly described. The information is well thought through and the information is easy to read and coherent. The response is clearly described. The information is well thought through, easy to read and coherent. The response is somewhat well described. The information is easy to read and coherent. The response is not well described. There is relevant content missing. The response is not described or the answer is not appropriate.
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

The assessment tasks are to be submitted online through Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Examine the ethical principles underpinning access and equity with a focus on how these are reflected in Australian law and policy

2. Analyse social determinants that may impact on access and equity in health care

3. Explore barriers and enablers related to access and equity in health care for specific population groups

4. Evaluate current policy, strategies, innovations and interventions to address access and equity issues in health care

5. Analyse the impact of access in work-force planning, equity in human resource management and strategies to address the issues identified.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

Written assignment

The written assignment is due on the first day of Week 11. It should not be more than 2,500 words.

Written Assignment

In Australia, it is evident that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have poorer health outcomes than other Australians. The reason for this is complex and multifaceted. Some of these factors are related to access and equity.

In this assignment, you are required to explore health care access and equity issues related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Your assignment should;

- Analyse social determinants impacting on access and equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in the sector you work in

- Evaluate current policy, strategies, innovations and interventions to address access and health care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

You are required to reference relevant literature.

Assessment Due Date The assessment is due to be submitted on the first day of Week 11
Return Date to Students Marked assessments will be returned the week following submission.
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

Written assignment

High Distinction 85-100% Distinction 75-84% Credit 65-74% Pass 50-64% Fail Below 50%
Structure 20%
Introduction 5%
Highly appropriate and relevant to content. Provides very clear sense of what follows. Appropriate and relevant to content. Provides clear sense of what follows. Largely appropriate and relevant to content. Provides sense of what follows. Somewhat appropriate and relevant to content. Provides some sense of what follows. Not evident and/or not appropriate.
Conclusion 5%
Provides strong sense of closure and highly appropriate. Provides sound sense of closure and appropriate. Provides a sense of closure and largely appropriate. Somewhat provides a sense of closure and somewhat appropriate. No recognizable conclusion or conclusion is inappropriate.
Presentation 5%
Very well presented. No spelling or grammatical errors. Well proof read. Written in clear and cohesive style. Very well presented. Minimal spelling and grammatical errors. Well proof read. Written in clear and easy to read style. Well presented. Some spelling and grammatical errors. Written in an easy to read style. There may be one or more areas where there was evidence of lack of attention to presentation. Many errors in presentation.
Referencing 5%
Consistently integrates appropriate references to support and reflect all ideas, factual information and quotations. Generally integrates appropriate references to support and reflect ideas, factual information and quotations with one or two exceptions. Partly integrates appropriate references to support and reflect ideas, factual information and quotations, with 3 or 4 exceptions. Occasionally integrates appropriate references to support and reflect ideas, factual information and quotations, with 5 or 6 exceptions. Fails to or infrequent attempts (>7 errors) to integrate appropriate references to support and reflect ideas, factual information and quotations.
Accurate referencing. No errors. Accurate referencing. One error. Accurate referencing. Two errors. Accurate referencing. Three errors. More than three errors.
Analysis 80%
A very clearly documented analysis and content. The information is cohesive and easy to read. A clearly documented analysis and content. The information is cohesive and easy to read. Somewhat well documented content. The information lacks analysis, is easy to read. The content lacks key components and is not cohesively presented. The content is not complete or attempted or is not appropriate.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

The assessment tasks are to be submitted online through Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Examine the ethical principles underpinning access and equity with a focus on how these are reflected in Australian law and policy

2. Analyse social determinants that may impact on access and equity in health care

3. Explore barriers and enablers related to access and equity in health care for specific population groups

4. Evaluate current policy, strategies, innovations and interventions to address access and equity issues in health care

5. Analyse the impact of access in work-force planning, equity in human resource management and strategies to address the issues identified.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

4. Research

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership




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