Subject details

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

  1. explain definitions and theoretical concepts of quality and safety in health
  2. apply tools techniques and methodologies to measure and improve quality and safety
  3. analyse the impact of human factors on outcomes in health care systems
  4. assess the extent to which organisation-related factors may be contributing to quality and safety approaches
  5. critically evaluate requirements for a comprehensive approach to management of quality and safety in healthcare organisations
  6. evaluate ways in which healthcare organisations can develop a coordinated, strategic approach to addressing quality and safety issues.

    • Quality in health service organisations
    • Quality assurance in health care
    • Quality improvement
    • Strategy and quality development
    • Implementation
    • Tools of quality improvement
    • Measuring quality improvement
    • Development of quality organisation
    • Risk management
  • Study resources

    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links

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

  • CUR-HIM-GDI-2019
  • CUR-HIM-GCE-2019
  • CUR-HIM-MAS-2019
  • CUR-HIM-GCE-2019
  • RMI-MBA-MAS-2019
  • OUA-PSU-GCE-2019
  • UNE-PRO-GCE-2019

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Audio/Visual equipment

This subject was previously known as Health Service Quality Development.

In this subject students will trace the historical and political development of quality and safety in health care. Students will analyse key components of effective quality and safety programs, risk management and clinical governance and the impact of organisation related factors. Influences on quality and safety related to leadership and management in health care systems will be explored. Utilising a practical approach tools, techniques and methods will be identified to measure and improve quality and safety. The subject will examine the role of human factors in human error and determine what impact this has on safety and quality in health care organisations. Students will gain an understanding of the role of consumers’ contribution to quality and safety outcomes.

Please Note: If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

  • Discussion board (25%)
  • Essay (40%)
  • Case study presentations (35%)

Textbook information is pending.

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