Safety and Quality in Health Care - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Essay (40%) , Assignment 2 - Case Study Presentations (45%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,800.00
International 3,050.00

This unit was previously known as Health Service Quality Development.

The goal of this unit is to introduce the student to strategic approaches for developing a quality oriented health service organisation. Topics include: History and development of quality and safety; Quality and safety issues related to leadership, management, planning and management of information; Role of the consumer; Tools for process analysis and management; Outcomes of quality measurement; External recognition of quality programs; Safety and the quality agenda; Role of clinical governance.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. explain definitions and theoretical concepts of quality and safety in health
  2. analyse techniques relating to outcome measurements
  3. assess the extent to which organisation related factors may be contributing to quality and safety approaches
  4. critically evaluate requirements for a comprehensive approach to management of quality and safety in health care organisations
  5. recommend ways in which health care organisations can develop a coordinated strategic approach to addressing quality and safety issues.
  • Assignment 1 — Essay (40%)
  • Assignment 2 — Case Study Presentations (45%)
  • Assignment 3 — Discussion Board (15%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Audio/Visual equipment

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Quality in health service organisations
2Quality assurance in health care
3Quality improvement
4Strategy and quality development
6Tools of quality improvement
7Measuring quality improvement
8Development of quality organisation
9Risk management

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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