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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
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
Discipline Medicine
Coordinator Doctor Pieter Van Dam
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* 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).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the various definitions of, and national and international frameworks supporting, healthcare quality and safety, and how they relate to current practice in healthcare systems;
  • Apply theory, improvement methodologies and patient-centred frameworks to health system improvement problems;
  • Discuss the importance and relevance of developing quality and safety initiatives, and how poor clinical governance and leadership systems can compromise patient safety;
  • Identify and describe relevant assessment tools, data collection methods and analytical processes for quality and safety improvement in the health workplace;
  • Appraise the critical roles of the organisation, the individual practitioner and the patient in quality and safety in healthcare.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
061399 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,402.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Teaching Pattern


AssessmentOnline Quizzes (10%)|Reflective Report (35%)|Discussion Board Contributions (20%)|Critique (35%)
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