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HNN215 - Quality Use of Medicines

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), CBD*, Warrnambool, Waterfront (Geelong)

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), CBD*, Waterfront (Geelong)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:


Cohort rule:

Must be enrolled in course D355, D381, D387, H326, H329, S323

Unit chair:

Trimester 1: Martin Owen

Trimester 2: Carmel Cleary

Campus contact:

Burwood (Melbourne): Deana Copley, Waterfront (Geelong): Martin Owen, IKE: Gill Rea


All of HBS109, HNN114 and HNN122 or for students enrolled in S323 Bachelor of Biomedical Science all of HBS109, SLE115 and SLE211

Incompatible with: Nil
Contact hours:

2 Cloud (online) hours, 1 x 2 hour seminar per week


*CBD refers to Institute of Koorie Education – Community Based Delivery


In this unit, which forms part of the Supportive Studies Cluster, students’ knowledge of safe administration of medications within a range of contexts will be extended. Students will have the opportunity to further their knowledge of broad drug classes, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and quality use of medications in health care. The main focus of learning in this unit will be the nurse’s role in medication management, including safe administration practices, knowledge of risks such as medication error, adverse effects and drug interactions. The benefits of patient participation in medication management and patient education will also be addressed.


Assessment task 1: Case study (1500 words) 40%

Assessment task 2: Examination (2 hours) 60%

Prescribed texts

AMA 2014, Australian medicines handbook, Australian Medical Association, Adelaide, SA.
Broyles, B, Reiss, B, Evans, M, McKenzie, G, Pleunik, S & Page, R 2013, Pharmacology in nursing, A&NZ edn, Cengage Learning, South Melbourne, Vic.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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