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MPH5286

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Faculty

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

Coordinator(s)

Professor Joseph Ibrahim

Offered

Alfred Hospital

  • Second semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Off-campus)

Synopsis

This unit provides students with the skills and knowledge to apply tools, techniques, programs or strategies to improve the quality of care and patient safety.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to have:

  1. An in-depth knowledge and ability to compare the key approaches to measuring, monitoring and managing health care for improving quality of care and patient safety;
  2. An in-depth knowledge of the tools, techniques, programs and strategies currently used for improving quality of care and patient safety;
  3. Demonstrate the skills to objectively critique the strengths and limitations of the different tool, technique, programs or strategy for improving quality of care and patient safety;
  4. Demonstrate the ability to select an appropriate tool, technique, program or strategy for a:
    1. particular dimension of quality (i.e. safety, efficacy, timelines, patient-centre-ed)
    2. clinical setting
    3. patient population
    4. is logistically feasible
  5. Demonstrate the skills to modify, implement and evaluate a tool, technique, program or strategy for improving quality of care and patient safety in the workplace;
  6. Understand and manage the factors that impact on the selection, acceptance and sustainability of initiative for improving quality of care and patient safety. These factors include clinician behaviour, organisational and health system structures.

Assessment

Letter to the editor (500 words) (20%)
Reflective essay (2,000 words) (30%)
Online class participation (50%)

Workload requirements

12 hours per week, broken down into (on average) 4 hours per week for reading core material, 4 hours per week completing exercises (manual, computer-based, or online), 2 hours per week for online communication via Moodle discussions, and 2 hours per week for assignment preparation.

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Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

15 hours over 2 block days.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Co-requisites

Must be enrolled in a Postgraduate course.

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