MED5102 - Contemporary developments in clinical practice: Patient safety - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Peter Barton (Clayton)
Professor Parasakthi Navaratnam (Malaysia)


Dr Julia Harrison
Dr Stuart Marshall
Associate Professor Rafidah Atan

Unit guides



  • Full year (extended) 2019 (On-campus)


  • Full year (extended) 2019 (On-campus)


2012 pre-reqs: MED4071, MED4082 and MED4000

2014 pre-reqs: MED4171, MED4182, MED4200 and MED4000 or GMC4151, GMC4162, GMC4200 and GMC4000.


MED5091, MED5092 and MED5100. Must be enrolled in one of the following course codes: 4531, 4532, 4533, M6011, M6018, M6019.


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.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should 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.


This unit requires students to undertake off-campus clinical placements. In the clinical setting students will have an opportunity to apply theory to practice under supervision. Attendance is mandatory for the clinical component of each unit.Students must be aware of the faculty's Clinical Placement Guidelines.Students will not be permitted to attend any clinical placements unless they have current valid Working with Children and Police checks, and have a satisfactory immunisation status, all of which must be submitted to Faculty.


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. Online assessment tasks

    Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 80% tutorials and clinical placements to pass this unit.

    If you are unable to attend a session, you may be eligible for In Semester Special

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study