Understanding the Australian Health Care System

Understanding the Australian Health Care System

4th Edition - August 24, 2019

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  • Editor: Louise Reynolds
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780729543286

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Understanding the Australian Health Care System 4e is the essential guide to the complexities of health care in Australia. Key theoretical concepts and current issues along with the structures and policies influencing health care professionals are explored by leading experts led by authors, Eileen Willis, Louise Reynolds and Trudy Rudge. The text is divided into two sections. The first is about the multiple systems, services and schemes that make up health care in Australia. The second explores the roles of fifteen health professions working within the current system, with a focus on key themes of interprofessional practice, chronic illness, and quality and safety.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction to the Australian health care system

    Section One: System Overview
    2.       The public health sector and Medicare
    3.       The private health sector and private health insurance
    4.       International health care systems
    5.       Public health in Australia
    6.       Primary health care systems and reforms
    7.       The Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme: recent trends and options for reform
    8.       The aged care sector: residential and community care
    9.       Rural health systems: spotlight on equity and access
    10.     Indigenous health systems and services
    11.     Organising care for the mentally ill in Australia
    12.     People living with disability: navigating support and health systems
    13.     Australian workers’ compensation systems 
    14.     The complementary and alternative health care system in Australia
    15.     Oral health and dental services 
    16.     NEW The digital divide and health

    Section Two: Health Professionals
    17.     The Health Workforce
    18.     Clinical exercise physiology in the Australian health care system
    19.     Dietetics and Nutrition: promoting health for all Australians
    20.     Health care managers in a changing system
    21.     The profession of Medicine
    22.     Midwifery: the profession in Australia
    23.     Nursing in Australia
    24.    Occupational Therapy
    25.    Paramedics: the emerging professionalisation of urgent care

Product details

  • No. of pages: 531
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2019
  • Published: August 24, 2019
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780729543286

About the Editor

Louise Reynolds

About the Authors

Eileen Willis

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Social Health Sciences, School of Health Sciences, Flinders University, SA, Australia

Trudy Rudge

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