Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedGippsland Full year (extended) 2012 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester to First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Christine McMenamin


Medical practitioners are frequently required to respond to emerging and consolidating innovations and policies related to clinical practice. GMD5102 further develops the concept of 'fitness 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 GMD5102 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;
  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 the unit.
1. Observed Patient Safety Skills Assessments
2. 'Fitness to practice' written examination:
3. Student group presentations

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Shane Bullock

Contact hours

Students will undertake a combination of lectures; tutorials, workshops, clinical activities and individual study. An estimated workload of 3 hours per week over the course of the year will be divided between on-campus and off-campus activities. Total 144 hours.


2012 pre-reqs: GMC4051, GMC4062
2013 pre-reqs: GMC4151, GMC4162, GMC4200, GMC4000


GMD5071 and GMD5082

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