AHS205 The Australian Healthcare System within a Global Context - Assessment 3

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Assessment Task

This assessment task requires you to research a health condition and analyse how the condition is managed in Australia compared to how it is managed in one other country. You will also investigate a related community initiative and the role of the nurse in that initiative.

Please refer to the Task Instructions for details on how to complete this task.


Healthcare has major resource implications in terms of human, time and financial resources, and is increasingly influenced by environmental and overall sustainability concerns. Healthcare systems, priorities and politics vary globally, impacting on the management of preventative and interventional healthcare.

In this essay, you will examine local and global health issues and the healthcare systems and resources in place to manage those issues. This includes consideration of the political, sustainability and financial influences on the design, development and delivery of those health care systems and programs. Finally, you will consider the potential impact of the chosen health issue on Australia’s healthcare system and identify an innovative initiative that contributes to reducing or avoiding this issue.


•         Select one (1) of the following topics.

  • diabetes
  • cardiovascular disease and stroke

Research the topic you have chosen. Find studies/research/journal articles/government and international health agency reports relating to the topic. These peer-reviewed articles will help you support your line of reasoning.

Address the following questions in your essay.

  1. Discuss the characteristics of the health issue
  2. How is this issue managed within Australia? (This may include government subsidies for managing the condition)
  3. Compare Australia’s approach to how it is managed globally, in one (1) country where it is a major issue. In your comparison, include the political and financial influences that affect how this issue is managed in Australia and in your chosen country? Consider using gross domestic product (GDP) and per 100,00 population for
  4. Identify which international agencies are involved and briefly describe their role?
  5. Identify and describe a local community initiative that has been developed in response to this health Include the nurse's actual or potential role in the initiative.
  • Write your essay in 2,000 words (+/-10%), drawing from external resources and from the subjects learning
  • Ensure your information is supported by evidence that you have researched and

Guide to essay structure

This is an analytic essay in which you are asked to investigate, discuss, and analyse the topic. To do this clearly, you are required to break the topic into its different elements and discuss these in separate paragraphs or sections. Plan your essay so that is readable, clear and logically sequenced, and with a distinct introduction, body and conclusion.


  • Introduce and provide background information on the topic (the health issue you have selected).
  • Overall assessment of the topic (thesis).
  • Overview of elements to be discussed (structure).

Body paragraphs: (a new paragraph for each element discussed).

  • Begin with a sentence outlining the element (topic sentence); this is the main point of the paragraph and the rest of the paragraph should relate back to
  • Following sentences expand the discussion and provide evidence to support the topic Do not simply present evidence, but analyse it at each stage, always relating it back to your assessment question(s).
  • Concluding sentence that also links to next
  • Suitable headings and subheadings can be used for this research


  • Summary of the main points of the
  • Restatement of the main point of assessment or point of view (as stated in the introduction).


It is essential that you use appropriate APA style for citing and referencing research. Please see more information on referencing in the Academic Skills webpage.

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