MPH5276 - Safety management systems - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

Chief examiner(s)

Colleen Gilmour


Colleen Gilmour

Unit guides


Alfred Hospital

  • First semester 2019 (Off-campus)
  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)




Must be enrolled in a Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences postgraduate course


Concepts & practice of occupational health and safety management systems within work environments, including the conduct of an audit are examined. Includes accident/incident causation theories and models, investigative techniques, reporting & statistics, safety systems, fire prevention & control. Incident causation and accident types, including slips, trips and falls are also examined.


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

  1. identify and evaluate the theoretical underpinnings and models of best practice for risk management in the workplace;
  2. demonstrate knowledge of the various approaches to providing for the application of 'Safety Management Systems' and a 'Safety Management Plan' in the workplace;
  3. demonstrate knowledge of the essential elements required of any 'Safety Management System' for providing safety in the workplace and how each element may be affected by relevant legislation and the role adopted by regulators; and
  4. advise a company or other organisation on its obligations regarding the selection and introduction of a 'Safety Management System'.


  • Web-based tasks (25%)
  • Assignment 1 (2,500 words) (25%)
  • Assignment 2 (2,500 words) (25%)
  • Block study participation (25%)

Hurdle: Full attendance at unit block days.

Workload requirements

6 hours off campus, self-directed learning per week, 4 hours teacher directed learning per week, plus 20 contact hours over 3 block days.

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