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MED5102 - Contemporary developments in clinical practice: Patient safety

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Brendan Flanagan and Dr Julia Harrison


Clayton Full year (extended) 2007 (Day)
Malaysia Full year (extended) 2007 (Day)


Medical practitioners are frequently required to respond to emerging and consolidating innovations and policies related to clinical practice. MED5102 further develops the concept of 'readiness to practice' and focuses upon the development of students' understanding of the principles of Patient Safety and the related clinical competencies. The unit will provide students with an understanding of the role of research in Patient Safety and the application of these principles and practices in diverse contexts. The unit will have the capacity to respond to other issues/innovations/policy changes as they arise in medical practice.


At the completion of MED5102 students will be able to:

  1. identify and describe the principles of Patient Safety;
  2. recognise individual practitioner, patient and institutional methods and strategies used to ensure Patient Safety principles are upheld;
  3. demonstrate competence in Patient Safety practices in simulated settings;
  4. contribute actively to the development and implementation of Patient Safety practices; and
  5. critique and apply current scientific and medical research related to Patient Safety.


Students will not be individually graded, but all assessments will be a hurdle requirement. Each assessment item will need to be successfully completed to pass this unit. 1. Observed Patient Safety Skills Assessment 2. Student group presentations 3. Analytical paper. Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 80% tutorials and clinical placements to pass this unit.


MED4071 and MED4082


Must be enrolled in the MBBS or MBBS/LLB