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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedNot offered in 2010
Coordinator(s)A/Prof Robyn Hill, Prof Debra Nestel


Medical practitioners are frequently required to respond to emerging and consolidating innovations and policies related to clinical practice. GMD5102 further develops the concept of 'fitness to practice' and focuses upon the development of students' understanding of the principles of Patient Safety and the related clinical competencies. The unit will provide students with an understanding of the role of research in Patient Safety and the application of these principles and practices in diverse contexts. The unit will have the capacity to respond to other issues / innovations / policy changes as they arise in medical practice


At the completion of GMD5102 students will be able to:

  1. identify and describe the principles of Patient Safety;
  2. recognise individual practitioner, patient and institutional methods and strategies used to ensure Patient Safety principles are upheld;
  3. demonstrate competence in Patient Safety practices in simulated settings;
  4. contribute actively to the development and implementation of Patient Safety practices;
  5. critique and apply current scientific and medical research related to Patient Safety.


Students will not be individually graded, but all assessments will be a "hurdle" requirement. Each assessment item will need to be successfully completed to pass the unit.
1. Observed Patient Safety Skills Assessments
2. 'Fitness to practice' written examination:
3. Student group presentations

Contact hours

Students will undertake a combination of lectures; tutorials, workshops, clinical activities and individual study. An estimated workload of 3 hours per week over the course of the year will be divided between on-campus and off-campus activities. Total 144 hours.


GMC4051, GMC4062


GMD5071 and GMD5082

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at: