Risk Management in Primary Care

Subject 585-881 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2-day orientation session at commencement of course
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: Students are required to have access to a computer with e-mail application and a web browser. Technical support is not available from the University of Melbourne in setting up such a system.
Subject Overview: This course will explore concepts of risk management as they relate to the primary care setting. The principles of safety and quality improvement will underpin all topics covered. Content will include improving practice systems, infection control and effective triage. Topics will have practical application for the practice nurse with skills in preparing for the accreditation of a general practice.

At the completion of the subject students will be able to:

  • Understand the systems (eg audit, recall, managing test results, and communication), required to manage risk within general practice
  • Outline the principles of effective triage
  • Describe evidence based strategies to minimise the spread of infection within general practice
  • Develop quality improvement processes applicable to the accreditation of a general practice
  • 1,000-word case study due early semester (20%)
  • 2,000-word written assignment due mid-semester (50%)
  • 1,000-word written assignment due end of semester (30%)
  • Attendance at orientation session Pass/fail hurdle requirement

Students must achieve a cumulative mark of at least 50% and a pass in both the clinical hurdle requirements in order to pass the subject.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

At the completion of this subject, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • enhanced critical thinking skills
  • further developed written and oral communication skills
  • further developed skills working in a multidisciplinary time
Related Course(s): Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Care Nursing

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