Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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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12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Rural Health
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Online)
Clayton Second semester 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Dr Elica Ristevski


This is the foundation unit in the Masters of Advanced Health Care Practice. The Unit is designed for health care professionals who aspire to lead the management, design and delivery of health care services and/or develop health care programs in a clinical context that impact on patient outcomes. This unit focuses on the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviours for advanced health care practice and management. The unit examines key issues in:

  1. fitness to practice for the advanced health care professional, including medico-legal issues and compliance, and professional behaviour;
  2. using research frameworks and clinical practice guidelines as evidence to inform practice;
  3. leadership and management issues, particularly quality, patient safety, patient experiences, benchmarking and communication within digital and practice settings; and
  4. delivering and evaluating patient and consumer centred health care, with a focus empowerment and the advanced practitioner as educator of patients, consumers and peers.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Examine the roles and medico-legal responsibilities of advanced health care practitioners within their professional settings.
  2. Differentiate between ethical, inter-professional and cultural dimensions of professional behaviour.
  3. Describe the key skills required for effective digital and non-digital communication within their practice settings.
  4. Apply risk management principles to the prevention of adverse events.
  5. Identify the relationship of benchmarking and patient experience studies to quality improvement.
  6. Apply principles of leadership and management to their practice setting.
  7. Apply evidence summaries and clinical practice guidelines to the review and implementation of patient centred care in advanced health care practice.
  8. Plan complex health care interventions including evaluation of their effectiveness.
  9. Design learner-centred educational activities appropriate to their practice setting.


Critical incident report (10%) (1,000 words)
iSAP- Integrating Science and Practice (2 x 10% = 20%) (2,000 words)
Develop a leadership and change management plan to address an area of interest (35%) (3,500 words)
Develop a learning and teaching program/presentation for either patients or peers which examines/introduces new/innovative intervention/clinical practice (35%) (3,500 words)

Workload requirements

24 hours/week

For this distance education unit, students are expected to undertake their work during private study time. Students will be expected to log onto Moodle on a regular basis for announcements and updates. Students will need to undertake readings (available via Moodle) and view online materials (e.g. PowerPoint/audio/visual material). Students will also be required to undertake regular formative activities. Students will be required to undertake all assessment activities as these are all hurdle requirements to ensure that all learning objectives are covered. The assessments will require preparation ranging from readings, writing and undertaking online activities (quizzes and forum discussions).

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