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Healthcare Quality and Safety: A Patient-Centred Approach CAM540



This unit provides a comprehensive introduction to contemporary healthcare quality and safety with a focus on patient centered care. Students will explore the various definitions of healthcare quality and safety, and the foundations of patient safety and quality improvement design within the healthcare arena and their own individual practice. Using quality and safety as a framework, students will examine trends in critical incidents in healthcare that result in adverse outcomes for patients. Applying methods to assess the delivery of quality patient-centred care and critically appraising work practices on an individual level will provide a basis for identifying current gaps in quality and safety. This unit also introduces assessment tools and analytic methods for quality and safety in healthcare and the role of organisational change preparing for successful initiatives in the workplace intended to improve quality and safety.

“Good care is more than the absence of bad” (Balding, 2013)


Unit name Healthcare Quality and Safety: A Patient-Centred Approach
Unit code CAM540
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
Discipline Medicine

Dr Sarah Prior

Teaching staff

Dr Sarah Prior, Dr Pieter Van Dam, Dr Phoebe Griffin.

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 Off-Campus Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 Off-Campus Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 13/4/2020 31/5/2020
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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Band Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $2,402.00 061399

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Assessment Task 1: DISCUSSION BOARD CONTRIBUTIONS 600 words (20%)

Assessment Task 2: REFLECTIVE REPORT 2000 words (35%)

Assessment Task 3: CRITIQUE (35%) 2000 words

Assessment Task 4: 2 ONLINE QUIZZES (10%).

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