Safety and Quality in Health Care
Become a champion of continuous improvement in healthcare. Learn to take creative and practical approaches to quality and safety with patients. You’ll also learn how to lead backed by evidence, and use change management strategies.
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- 27 Jul 2020
This research-based university in Perth has a strong interdisciplinary focus and a reputation for outstanding teaching and ground-breaking research. With more than 22,000 students and 2,000 staff from over 90 countries, and campuses in Dubai and Singapore, Murdoch embraces free thinking, shared ideas and knowledge to make a difference, and Open Universities Australia is certainly part of that.
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On successful completion of the subject you should be able to:
- formulate the concepts of quality, safety and risk management within health care delivery
- communicate the impact of systems and human interactions on the likelihood of errors and adverse events
- establish the processes for managing clinical risk, investigating errors and utilising data to improve patient safety
- determine the opportunities for consumers to contribute to safety and quality in healthcare
- develop the methods and tools that can be used to measure and improve quality of care.
- Principles of Quality
- Principles of Safety
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
Enrolment in a Graduate degree.
No special requirements
This subject is designed to foster knowledge and understanding of concepts, principles and practices of continuous improvement in a range of healthcare settings. Participants will develop an understanding of creative, effective and practical approaches to implementing quality and safety practices in the workplace. As well, evidence–based leadership and change management strategies in the workplace will be explored.
Please Note: All students studying at Murdoch University will need to complete the compulsory unit, Murdoch Academic Passport (MAP100), which only takes 2-3 hours to complete online. Find out more: http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/MurdochAcademicPassport.
The assessments allow students to demonstrate knowledge and understanding, analysis and evaluation skills and application of theoretical concepts to practice. Additionally, these assessments allow students to further develop academic and professional communication skills. Detailed feedback is provided on all assessments in addition to the marking rubrics to facilitate student learning and achievement of subject learning outcomes. MODULE QUIZ: This assessment requires you to complete quizzes for two modules. These quizzes allow students the opportunity to interpret information from the module content. The quiz will be available for 5 days, with the dates shown on the schedule of assessment timetable. If you have not completed the requirements for these assessments within these dates it will be considered that you have not submitted the assessment. (30%) ONLINE DISCUSSION FORUM: For each scheduled discussion board, students are expected to actively contribute to the discussion topic that will be posted on the discussion board. The rationale for your engagement in these on-line discussions is to make use of the rich and varied industry experience that each of you have, applied to the information gained in these modules. Your learning will benefit from each other’s thoughts, experiences, insights and opinions. The intent of these on-line discussions is for you to have the opportunity to consider the responses to the discussion topics that other students have contributed in a critical and reflective manner rather than simply passing over the modules quickly without allowing time for some deeper learning to occur. (30%) Note the dates shown in the schedule of assessments timetable for the opening and closing of these discussions. If you have not completed the requirements for these assessments within these dates it will be considered that you have not submitted the assessment. Each post should be limited to 500 words at most- however you are expected to make ongoing contributions not just one post. Marks for these contributions to the discussion will be given depending on whether you added something new to the discussion or just agreed to what had already been discussed. WRITTEN REPORT: You are required to write an essay focusing on a particular clinical quality or safety issue that you have identified in your workplace. Assume that you have been asked to implement an improvement project focusing on the safety or quality issue you have identified- however before you are permitted to begin the PDSA cycle you need to provide some background to the issue and any Quality Improvement (QI) project you undertake. (40%)
- Module quiz (30%)
- Online Discussion Forum (30%)
- Written Report (40%)
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Patient Safety - An Essential Guide
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