Please find attached Subject description Health systems worldwide are facing increasing pressure to improve their efficiency and effectiveness while delivering safe, high quality and patient-centred care. Most countries accept that existing models of health care delivery are not sustainable for future decades, resulting in modern health services engaging in large system changes.
Health service managers, planners and clinicians require competencies in understanding systems in the health services, implementing and leading change, and project management. This subject assists students to develop knowledge and skills in understanding and adapting health systems to achieve efficiency and effectiveness. The subject initially examines a range of change theories that can be applied to the healthcare environment as well as relevant leadership theories within the context of change. Finally the subject focuses on national health reform and a range of service improvement approaches and tools such as lean thinking, six sigma, clinical services and system redesign, clinical process mapping and patient flow analysis. A number of recent initiatives are presented that explain how to implement change at national, corporate, statewide and health care organisation levels.
Assessment task 3: Case study responses
Intent: This assessment item focuses on the ability to synthesise all the content delivered in this subject and apply it to two case studies.
It is important to be able to review real scenarios and provide guidance as to what the leadership and
change issues are and which strategies would be useful to implement. This assessment item will
reveal to the student how much they have learned about leadership and change, and provide them
with the confidence that they can apply these concepts in a hypothetical situation.
Objective(s): This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):
A, B and C
A. Critically appraise relevant strategies to implement individual or organisational change in the healthcare environment based on validated theories and models;
B. Consider factors that act as a stimulus for change, resistance to change and successful change in health care;
C. Propose fundamental leadership skills necessary to implement organisational change and act as a change agent;
This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):
1.1, 1.2 and 1.3
Critique, interpret and synthesise data and research findings to develop safe, effective and evidence-based solutions to healthcare challenges. (1.1)
Propose relevant problem solving and human factors theories to the analysis of common issues inherent in the management and evaluation of healthcare services . (1.2)
Initiate and explain change management methodologies appropriate to improving healthcare outcomes. (1.3)
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