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Assessment Item 2 – Video Recorded Presentation


Assessment Item 2 – Video Recorded Presentation


Health Leaders are often interested to see how our national experiences of health and healthcare compare on an international scale.  These comparisons create a broader perspective for researchers, policymakers and the general public.  Being aware of the successes and setbacks of other countries may inform how new policies, health interventions, or preventative measures are developed and implemented in one’s own country.  International health comparisons can help make valid comparisons of health across different countries; however, a comparison must be possible, valid, and reliable.   This task requires preparing a presentation with slides and recording your video presenting the slides. See the task instructions provided below.

The recorded presentation that you submit for assessment will require careful consideration and the use of international comparisons.  If the data and methods that underlie these correlations have significant gaps (as in years of non-collection), there could be invalidity or unreliability of the results of such analysis.  There are methodological issues to consider when assessing data availability and quality and deciding which countries to compare.

You should ensure that you discuss any decisions about the data used, and the countries selected should provide adequate rationale providing the limitations and assumptions are clear and duly considered.  These decisions can influence the differences observed between countries and the conclusions reached.  The following checklist will assist in the preparation of the required evidence to undertake this comparison.


  1. You are to research and analyze the healthcare system performance data of Australia and compare it to another comparable country’s health care system
  2. Prepare a video-recorded presentation with slides that shows the results and analysis of data from both countries broken down into the five (5) areas listed below. 
  3. The video presentation must be no less than 13 minutes and not more than 15 minutes.  Marking of your presentation will cease after 15 minutes have elapsed, and marking penalties will be applied for presentations less than 13 minutes.
  4. Powerpoint is one of the most commonly used platforms to make slides and record a video presentation. The instructions on how to do this in PowerPoint are here. Turn your presentation into a video Links to an external site..  Remember, when you finish recording, you must save this as an MP4 video which is an option in the “save as” menu. You may choose to use other platforms as well.
  5. Upload the MP4 video file to the Assessment Item 2 Portal for marking.


      • Video files may take a while to upload to the portal – be patient
      • If you are experiencing issues with uploading, you should contact IT Support, who are trained and have the tools to remote into your computer to see what is happening.  While you can certainly inform the course convenor of your issues, support must be sourced from the IT Helpdesk.
      • Be careful to pick the comparable country with the data quality required to complete the comparison.
      •  It must be an audio-visual .mp4 file.
      • The recording needs to be clear, and audible and requires that you are visible throughout the recording.
      • Slides are required, and, while you may have notes to assist your presentation, it is expected that your presentation is not simply read. This means you are required to be concise, engaging, and informative (please review the marking criteria)


Consider the following points when presenting or interpreting an international comparison of health-related data.

Data quality

  • Consistency- are the data defined consistently across countries? 
  • Methodology – do all countries use the same method to collect the data? 
  • Coverage – does the data cover similar parts of the population?   
  • Time Period – do the data refer to the same period?

Choice of countries  

  • Comparability – are countries sufficiently similar to support comparison?

Presentation and interpretation

  • Presentation – are the data presented appropriately?
  • Explanation – is the variation between countries adequately explained?
  • Underlying differentials – are differences within countries considered?
  • Context – can the data be used outside of an international comparison?

Where no data is available on the individual measure, you must indicate this.  However, you must be sure that you carefully research and that this is, in fact, the case.

IMPORTANT: Your recorded presentation must document EACH of the five areas of comparison listed below.

  1. Healthcare System Classification
    1. Classify the health system of Australia and the other country that you have selected to compare for this assessment task.  You must use the classification system referred to in the course in topic 1.  DO NOT USE ANY OTHER CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM FOR THIS ASSESSMENT ITEM.  You must also state the reason for classifying the healthcare system of both countries. 
  2. Funding
    1. Identify the healthcare funding system dominant in the countries selected and provide the most contemporary data relating to the percent of Gross Domestic Product spent on healthcare for each country with commentary on any movement over the last 3 financial years.
  3. The healthcare system governance arrangements in the country (i.e. who is responsible for what)
  4. Population Health Indicators – you must compare and contrast the following population health indicators with commentary on the reasons for the results.
    1. Maternal Mortality Rate;
    1. Infant Mortality Rate;
    1. Life Expectancy at Birth
  5. Health System Performance Indicators:
    1. Incidence/prevalence of:
      1.  Low birth weight infant
      1. Obesity
      1. Diabetes
      1. Asthma
      1. Rates of Ischaemic Heart Disease
      1. Cancer rates including any available data on survival rates
  6.  Management of Quality and Safety in the Health System
    1. Specifically comment on national systems for monitoring quality and safety in healthcare, third-party accreditation options for health services, and healthcare professionals’ regulation.