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HNN749 - Patient Safety and Risk Management

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

Must be enrolled in one of the following courses: H645, H665, H666, H667, H672, H675, H676, H771, H773, H776 or undertaken as a single unit of study

Unit chair:

Megan-Jane Johnstone


For H773 students: HNN730, HNN731, HNN780, HNN704.


For H773 students: HNN781
All other approved courses: Nil

Incompatible with: HNN718
Contact hours:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


This unit has as its focus a critical examination of patient safety and risk management in health care contexts. Particular attention is given to human error theory and clinical governance as an overarching guiding framework for progressing patient safety and taking a systems approach to reducing the incidence and impact of preventable adverse events in health care domains. Students will be given the opportunity to make a critical examination of the organisational contexts in which adverse events occur, the role of clinical governance in facilitating a systematic approach to reducing the incidence and impact of preventable adverse events in clinical practice, principles and processes of human error management, system and human factor enablers and barriers to achieving safe health care, patient safety competencies (individual and institutional), accountability and responsibility for patient safety and risk management in health care domains, and the application of patient safety concepts and processes in primary health care.


Assessment task 1: Critical commentary on a select journal article (2000 words) 40%
Assessment task 2: Critical essay OR critical case study on a practice related patient safety and/or risk-management issue (3000 words) 60%

Unit Fee Information

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Unit fee information available soon

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your units are priced based on the course you are enrolled in. Please refer to the current year's course entry to estimate the unit cost.

You can calculate the cost of each unit by using the following calculation:

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