Discuss universal healthcare using the factors identified by the World Health Organisation. Discuss how well one or more are practiced in Australia. Compare the health status of Australia and one other country. Explain how Australia’s health system works. 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).
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.
3. Refer to the National Health Performance Framework’s (2009) ‘Health Status’
domain. Compare the health status of Australia and your chosen country. Relate
this to your discussion on Universal Health Care.
Your discussion should relate to one or more of the four dimensions of the health
HINT: Within those dimensions there are a number of aspects you can choose to
support your discussion such as; life expectancy, prevalence of disease or mental wellbeing.
The most important feature is that you are able to compare the two countries
and use that comparison to underpin your discussion on UHC.
The essay is to be presented according to the following format:
● 12 pt Arial or Times New Roman font
● 1.5 spacing
● Use full sentences (no dot points)
● Include the word count at the end of your essay
● Include a reference list
This is about clarity of communication and use of evidence (where appropriate to provide
evidence for a point made, and acknowledged and referenced).
For sources of evidence that have been referred to in the course materials, you need to
consult those sources and provide the original reference details in your reference list.
All references must be given using the APA referencing system.
When using evidence: It is not only based on how many references you use but the
appropriate use of evidence to make your point and appropriate acknowledgment of sources
you have cited. You need to demonstrate that you have consulted appropriate sources to
inform your essay.
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