HNN749 - Patient Safety and Risk Management


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: This unit is only available to students enrolled in H568, H569, H575, H645, H665, H666, H667, H668, H669, H672, H675, H771, H777, M701, M703


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: HNN718
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 5 x 1 hour online seminars (recordings provided)


This unit has as its focus a critical examination of patient safety and risk management in health care contexts, locally and globally. Particular attention is given to human error theory and clinical governance as overarching guiding factors 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 critically examine the organisational contexts in which adverse events occur, the role of clinical governance in facilitating a systematic approach to reducing the incidence. Considerations are also given to the 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.

Week 1: Introduction to Patient Safety and Management
Week 2: Human Error Theory and Human Factors
Week 3: Organisational Contexts and Systems
Week 4: Clinical Governance
Week 5: Human Error Management
Week 6: Using QI Methods to Improve Safety (Part 1)
Week 7: Using QI Methods to Improve Safety (Part 2)
Week 8: Engaging with Patients and Carers
Week 9: Patient Safety in Primary Care and in the Home

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