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Health Planning and Evaluation Assessment 1 – A written report for a plan review

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Assignment 1 has a word limit of 3500 words and it is worth 40%. For submission date, please refer to the unit outline.

As an international consultant in Health Planning, you have been assignment by the Government of Australia to review the Health Sector Strategic Plan (HSSP) for the year 2011-2016 for the country of Muteu. The Government of Australia has agreed to provide technical and financial support for developing a new Health sector Plan for the country of Muteu. Before the Ministry of Health in Muteu can develop the new strategic plan, The Australian Government in collaboration with Government of Muteu would like the current HSSP to be reviewed and evaluated as a basis for the next HSSP.

The first part of your assignment in this role, is to critically analyse the current HSSP (see the document as provided) and identify areas that need to be improved in the next planning process and the final plan document. You are asked to write a report of this plan review which should address the following areas;

Using frameworks for population’s health approach to health planning; strategic planning and health services planning;

  • Using a SWOTT and PEST analysis tools, analyse the planning context and identify three major health system capacity concerns for developing and implementing the next HSSP. Discuss their potential implication on the next HSSP and provide suggestions of how these might be addressed
  • Does the current plan address the core principles of health planning? Justify your position.
  • What should be the three key priority health issues to be addressed in the next plan? Provide evidence and rationale for your recommendations in this regard
  • What should be the main goals and objectives for the next plan based on the three main priority health issues as recommended?
  • Using a decision tree, identify strategies which are most likely to help the Ministry of Health in Theu to reach its goals and objectives for the key priority areas?
  • Present a stakeholder analysis matrix of the key stakeholders that the Ministry of Muteu needs to engage with and involve in the next planning process and discuss why

Note: Please, completely ignore implementation, budget implications and evaluation for now. When you get to read the provided health sector plan, you will realise that I have cut the sections that cover budgets, implementation, monitoring and evaluation as well as the preamble stuff (preface, table of contents, and list of abbreviations). I have left the sections on the context, situation analysis, mission, goals, objectives and strategies intact for you to appreciate the messiness of the real world. Be warned that the provided health sector plan is a big document (close to 38 pages with lots of tables and some empty pages), start getting to understand its context and main issues as soon as you can, do not wait until the last minute! At the same time, do not be overwhelmed with the size of the document, for purposes of the assignment, you will only get to read bits and pieces of information and not the whole document

The trick to getting this assignment right is to have a good grip of the ideal health planning which we are learning in this Unit. Only then, you can be able to see the flaws in the provided health sector plan and think of ways of how it can be improved.

All the best!

Your report should at least include the following information and headings:

Cover page

Title for the report, information about the author, to whom the report is being submitted


  • Briefly describe the basis or background of this report
  • Present and explain the framework which you are using for analysing Theu’s HSSP
  • Provide the structure of your report

The body

Present and discuss your key findings using subtitles that reflect the requested areas to be addressed in the report.


Provide summary of your key findings and recommendations


  • Include a list of references cited in the report e.g. for the Rationale or Program Activities.

Reference any existing resources that will be used to implement the program.

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