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
OfferedClayton Full year (extended) 2012 (Day)
Sunway Full year (extended) 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. 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;

  1. recognise individual practitioner, patient and institutional methods and strategies used to ensure Patient Safety principles are upheld;

  1. demonstrate competence in Patient Safety practices in simulated settings;

  1. contribute actively to the development and implementation of Patient Safety practices; and

  1. 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.

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Christine McMenamin


2012 pre-reqs: MED4071, MED4082 and MED4000
2013 pre-reqs: MED4171, MED4182, MED4200, MED4000


Must be enrolled in the MBBS or MBBS/LLB