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DFM1001 - Introduction to general practice

6 points, SCA Band 0, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Ian Chenowith


Peninsula Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)


In this unit the student will be introduced to the world of general practice as it has evolved within the health care system. The unit content will cover many domains of general practice including its history, roles, management, funding, legal structures, customer focus, quality assurance, risk management and the centrality of human resource management.


On completion of this unit the student is expected to:

  1. Discuss the history, nature, role and uniqueness of general practice as a health care speciality within the discipline of medicine;
  2. Map the local major socio-economic determinants of health of the area in which they work, against potential roles of primary care in addressing inequalities of health;
  3. Create a management plan for the practice in which they work and critically analyse it;
  4. Evaluate the existing marketing strategy of the practice in which they work;
  5. Critically analyse the legal, financial and human resource aspects of the practice in which they work; and
  6. Perform an audit of the major risk management issues within their practice and develop a quality improvement plan to address areas of risk.


Modified essay question 800 words 15%
Case study 1200 words 20%
Case study and analysis 2,800 words 45%
Case study and plan 1,200 words 20%