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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Explores the role of clinical accountability in the health care context and the concepts of professional accountability within organisations. Students are provided with opportunities to develop critical perspectives through reconstructing their worldview of service improvement and effective clinical outcomes. The fundamental concepts of clinical governance are introduced.

Unit content

Understanding clinical accountability:

  • key principles of professional standards
  • relationship to Australian health care policy

Introduction to clinical standards:

  • identifying policies and agencies governing clinical practice
  • regulations and acts

Understanding clinical governance:

  • relationship to adverse events
  • legal issues in practice
  • service improvement and clinical decision making

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 critically review the key principles of clinical accountability within the health care context
2 compare and contrast discipline based practice codes and standards and their impact on clinical decision making
3 demonstrate the linkage between clinical accountability and clinical governance
4 develop a framework for service evaluation and improvement
5 report on the legal implications governing clinical accountability in health care practice.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. critically review the key principles of clinical accountability within the health care context
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
  2. compare and contrast discipline based practice codes and standards and their impact on clinical decision making
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
  3. demonstrate the linkage between clinical accountability and clinical governance
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  4. develop a framework for service evaluation and improvement
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  5. report on the legal implications governing clinical accountability in health care practice.
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA4: