Courses & Units

Healthcare Systems, Safety and Quality BAA756

This unit is usually offered in odd-numbered years only.


The purpose of this unit is two-fold. First, to examine the structural arrangements of the organisation of healthcare in Australia. Students will develop an understanding of federal-state relations, and the organisation of acute, primary and aged care services. The challenges for accountability and transparency in the system will be explored. Second, the manifestation of quality and safety in healthcare organisations will be studied. Students will investigate governance, safety, quality, and risk management requirements and systems. Through examining the organisation of care within and across the healthcare system, the interrelationships between organisational and clinical aspects of care will be identified. Topics addressed will include the regulation of healthcare, the role of policy and procedures, patient-centred care approaches, and, future challenges for safety and quality including mental health, Aboriginal health, aged care and integrated care. Students will have opportunities to hear from experts across Australia and participate in industry case studies and analysis.


Unit name Healthcare Systems, Safety and Quality
Unit code BAA756
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Australian Institute of Health Service Management
Discipline Australian Institute of Health Service Management
Coordinator Doctor Maria Agaliotis
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


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Learning Outcomes

  • Appraise the complexity of safety and quality within the Australian healthcare system.
  • Develop an appreciation of accountability and transparency requirements.
  • Evaluate healthcare organisations' governance systems.
  • Investigate opportunities and challenges for patient and community participation in healthcare.
  • Critique trends and lessons from healthcare and other industries internationally.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
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AssessmentCritical argument (essay) (30%)|Infographic (30%)|Report (40%)
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There is a set of pre-recorded lectures and slides, recommended and supplementary readings available in the Learning Content section of MyLO.

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