Understanding the Australian Health Care System

Author(s): Eileen Willis (Editor); Louise Reynolds (Editor); Helen Keleher (Editor)

Medical & Nursing

A updated overview of Australia's health care system, addressing its core features, concepts and issues


Understanding the Australian Health Care System, 2nd edition is an excellent university book for undergraduate and postgraduate students alike.


Published four years after the original, this second edition has been fully revised to reflect major Australian health care reform. Its fully up-to-date content includes current governmental and legislative changes impacting Australia's health care system.


Other topics addressed include quality and safety within the system, health insurance in Australia - both public and private - the PBS and integrated medicine.


This outstanding medical book delves deeply into the system's theoretical framework, structure and organisation and includes comparisons with the US and UK health care systems.


This new edition of Understanding the Australian Health Care System will be a valuable reference for those studying health science, health promotion, sports and exercise science, physiotherapy, human services, nursing, midwifery, medicine, paramedicine, health system management, medical radiations science and health informatics.



  • Online student and instructor resources

  • Stronger focus on social determinants throughout text

  • Addresses a wide range of health professions - now including disability professionals and social workers

  • Current theoretical framework for healthcare reform (Tuohy 2009)

  • Stronger focus on social determinants throughout text

  • Addresses current position on national registration



  • Features an excellent ancillary package on Elsevier's Evolve platform

  • Includes three new chapters addressing: disability professionals; quality and safety; and social work

  • Reflects major health care reform in Australia (COAG 2009)

  • Discusses current theoretical framework for healthcare reform (Tuohy 2009)

  • New contributors

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Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780729542326
  • : Elsevier - Health Sciences Division
  • : Elsevier
  • : December 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Eileen Willis (Editor); Louise Reynolds (Editor); Helen Keleher (Editor)
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 362.10994
  • : 512