University of Technology Sydney

92050 Policy, Power and Politics in Health Care

6cp; To comply with health advice from NSW Health, the planned delivery of this subject for Spring 2021 has been adjusted. Activities planned for campus in the first four weeks of session are being moved online. Activities for the remainder of the session will be scheduled on campus only if the public health situation permits face to face learning in available teaching spaces. Please log into Canvas and monitor your UTS email for the latest advice concerning subject delivery and assessment information.
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.
Anti-requisite(s): 96341 Policy, Power and Politics in Health Care



This subject aims to provide students with essential knowledge and skills relevant to the policy and political environments in which health services operate. It is important for clinicians, health service managers, health service planners and those intending to work in the health service environment to understand the political environment in which decisions are made, how government health policies are formulated and enacted, and how they are received.

The subject covers the ideological frameworks underpinning public policy development; the policy formulation process; power differentials in the development and acceptance of health policies; how the health and political systems manage complex and grey issues; facilitators and challenges to policy implementation; and the influence of stakeholders and the media.

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus

Spring session, City campus


This subject was formerly called Power and Politics in Health Care.

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