Unit description

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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Commencing 2017 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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