Assessment 2: Policy Analysis and Critique
Word count: 3000 words
Due Date: 30th May 2014
This assessment provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of how health care policies are constructed. You are required to analyse the process of health care policy development
with reference to ONE policy or one component of a policy within the Australian health care system.
A list of 12 Australian (10 NSW) policy documents are provided via the vUWS site to choose from.
You may choose a policy that has been developed specifically for your immediate work context however; you will need to contact the Unit Coordinator to arrange a copy of the policy for the marker.
The required readings and learning activities in the Study Guides for Module 1 and Module 2 provide detailed information about the policy development process and make suggestion for how best to approach
and conduct a policy analysis and critique.
Please see the criteria (rubrics) sheet (page 19-21) for details and links to learning objectives.
Aim of Assessment
The purpose of this assessment task is to facilitate the development of your skills and expertise in all of the following learning objectives:
1. Recognise and critique social ideologies and theories which shape public spending on health and aged care and health policy development;
2. Develop and utilise insight into the relationships between politics and power in the construction of health and aged care policy;
3. Explore the concept that interest groups exert power and influence in the area of health and aged care policy formulation;
4. Examine significant historical, structural and environmental factors which affect health and aged care policy development and translation;
5. Consider the global evolution of health and aged care policies and the organisational patterns of health and aged care services, with respect to the World Health Organisations commitment to Primary Health
6. Demonstrate an awareness of ethical and legal dilemmas and constraints involved in formulating and enacting health and aged care policies;
7. Examine the impact that social, health and aged care policies have on disadvantaged groups in society;
8. Undertake a critique of workplace practices that are bound by policy.