2023 Human Factors in Healthcare: Designing Safe Systems

Department of Anaesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Offered in March and August 2023
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Registrations open:
11 January (For both courses)

Registrations close:
March Course - 19 March
August Course - 13 August

  • Why do the course

    Human factors is a science that applies knowledge of human physical, cognitive and social abilities and limitations to design systems, organisations, jobs, and technology for safe and efficient performance. In clinical settings this includes technologies such as electronic prescribing software, surgical instruments, and all aspects of organisational, team, and clinical processes.

    The aims of this course are to introduce the skills and methods used by human factors practitioners. Participants will learn how human factors can be applied to common healthcare problems such as medication safety, teamwork and leadership, and device safety through video lectures, readings and self-directed learning. By doing so, it will encourage the participants to improve patient safety at a managerial or clinical level with a broader base of skills than is commonly available within health services.

     

    Objectives

    • Explain human factors principles and approaches to healthcare quality and safety.
    • Analyse healthcare team leadership and communication using human factors frameworks.
    • Identify safety risks of medical devices and the role of design and usability in reducing risks.
    • Analyse human factors problems involved in medication errors.
    • Identify safety risks and human factors problems in perioperative care.
    • Explain the limitations of learning from incident reporting and understand alternative approaches.
     

    Course Dates

    • March Course: 27 March – 12 May 2023
    • August Course: 21 August - 6 October 2023
     

    Information

    • Seven week course and seven course modules (one released each week).
    • Allows for flexibility in work patterns – once a module is released weekly, lectures and reading material can be viewed at own pace and at any time.
    • Online only, no on-campus attendance required.
    • Each course module consists of a reading package, journal articles, short videos, podcasts and knowledge check sections or a combination.
    • No assessments (nor minimum pass mark).
    • All participants have extra one month to access the course modules.
    • You can download the Certificate of Completion at the end of the course if you have accessed and completed all the course modules and the final course survey.
     

    Time Commitment:

    4 - 6 hours per week (on average)

     
  • Eligibility

    Anyone who is interested in Human Factors can register for this course. Specifically the course is aimed at:

    • Hospital Doctors
    • General Practitioners
    • Public Health clinicians
    • Allied health practitioners
    • Health service managers
    • Quality and Safety managers
     
  • Course Structure

    Seven course modules will be offered in this course which are released on a weekly basis.

    There are no assessments for this short course.

    • Module 1: Introduction to Human Factors in Healthcare
    • Module 2: Teams, leadership and communication
    • Module 3: Medication Safety
    • Module 4: Devices and Technology
    • Module 5: Incident reporting and learning from the error
    • Module 6: Staff safety
    • Module 7: Case study

    Please Note: Course modules may be subject to change.
    Last Updated: Dec 2023

  • 2023 March course

    WeekScheduled DateModule Name
      Wednesday 11 January Registrations open
      Sunday 19 March Registrations close 12 PM AEST
      Monday 20 March Website opens - One week prior to official start date (Module 1 is available)
    1 Monday 27 March Introduction to Human Factors in Healthcare
    2 Monday 3 April Teams Leadership and Communication
    3 Monday 10 April Medication Safety
    4 Monday 17 April Devices and Technology
    5 Monday 24 April Incident Reporting and Learning from Error
    6 Monday 1 May Staff Safety
    7 Monday 8 May Case Study
      Monday 16 May – Sunday 11 June Certificates issued (All of the course modules have to be reviewed to obtain the Certificate of Completion)
      Monday 12 June Course completion and website access disabled

     

     

    2023 August course

    WeekScheduled DateModule Name
      Wednesday 11 January Registrations open
      Sunday 13 August Registrations close 12 pm
      Monday 14 August Website opens - 1 week prior to official start date (Module 1 is available)
    1 Monday 21 August Introduction to Human Factors in Healthcare
    2 Monday 28 August Teams Leadership and Communication
    3 Monday 4 September Medication Safety
    4 Monday 11 September Devices and Technology
    5 Monday 18 September Incident Reporting and Learning from Error
    6 Monday 25 September Staff Safety
    7 Monday 2 October Case Study
      Monday 9 October – Sunday 5 November Certificates issued (All of the course modules have to be reviewed to obtain the Certificate of Completion)
      Monday 6 November Course completion and website access disabled
  • Continual Professional Development

    Whilst this course is not directly registered for CPD points please contact your respective College to see if CPD points are possible.

  • Registrations

    Open
    11 January 2023 (for both courses)

    Close
    March Course - 19 March
    August Course - 13 August

    Doctors: AUD $900 (inc GST)
    Health Professionals/Other: AUD $400 (including GST)

    Please note:
    Evidence of Nursing or Allied Health Professional Certification will be required at the time of Registration for approval of the lower fee category.

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    Refund Policy

    Up to four weeks before the Course
    100% Refund
    Two to four weeks before the Course
    50% Refund
    Less than two weeks before the Course
    No Refund
  • Further Studies

    There are future plans to develop a Monash University postgraduate Master’s program in Clinical Human Factors in the near future. Those on our Human Factors Short Course expression of interest lists or who complete the short course will be contacted regarding postgraduate studies once details are finalised.

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