New Edition of Elsevier Textbook Gives Students a Sneak Peek into Australia’s Health Care System

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The updated second edition of ‘Understanding the Australian Health Care System’ incorporates major health care reform within Australia.

A new edition of a local Elsevier publication will give students a comprehensive overview of the health care system they plan to become part of.

‘Understanding the Australian Health Care System’, 2nd edition is packed with new and newly-updated content, most notably the inclusion of recent major health care reform within Australia.

The textbook’s three authors are academics experienced in the Australian health care system. Their teaching expertise makes their explanation of complex topics, such as the governmental changes impacting the system, accessible for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Since its publication in 2008, the first edition of ‘Understanding the Australian Health Care System’ has proved popular with health science students. Now, in this second edition, new chapters addressing the roles of disability workers and social workers are set to expand the book’s readership further.

Topics such as quality and safety within the system, health insurance – both public and private, the PBS and integrated medicine are all addressed. Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of the text, however, is its comparison of Australia’s health care system with those of other countries, including the US and UK. This information is extremely valuable for students who are seeking to understand Australia’s system and perhaps considering working abroad in future.

This new edition of ‘Understanding the Australian Health Care System’ will be a valuable reference for those studying health sciences, health promotion, sports and exercise science, physiotherapy, human services, nursing, midwifery, medicine and more.

Both students and instructors will benefit from extensive ancillary resources available through Elsevier’s Evolve platform. These include PowerPoint slides and case studies.

For more information or buy a copy of ‘Understanding the Australian Health Care System’, 2nd edition visit

About the authors
Eileen Willis, MEd, PhD – Eileen Willis is Associate Professor of Social Health Sciences within the School of Medicine at Flinders University, Adelaide.

Helen Keleher, BA, MA, PhD, FPHAA – Helen Keleher is Professor and Head of the Department of Health Social Science within Monash University’s School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (Melbourne).

Louise Reynolds BHSc (PHC), GradCertEdu (Higher Education) PhD, FACAP – Louise Reynolds is a Social Health Sciences lecturer within the School of Medicine at Flinders University, Adelaide.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier’s online solutions include SciVerse ScienceDirect, SciVerse Scopus, Reaxys, MD Consult and Nursing Consult, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal suite and MEDai’s Pinpoint Review, which help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world-leading publisher and information provider, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

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