Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will explore the functions of health information and its underpinning technologies in the contexts of system and organisational governance for patient and client safety. The purpose of the subject is to develop students' understandings of the multi-level management and applications of health information for quality of care and service infrastructure: individual patient information as evidence of care provided; aggregated data measuring and describing the structure, processes and outcomes of care; documentation pertaining to diagnostic and therapeutic decisions and procedures; and coded data for review and monitoring of patient safety. There are case-based foci on digital health, health information and technology governance; the impacts of organisational, clinical and managerial information-related actions, systems and security on clinical risk and quality management; and healthcare accreditation information and system requirements.

SchoolPsychology and Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJenn Lee

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must pass HIM2HMA and HIM3HMB or must be enrolled in HMHIM - Master of Health Information Management


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsHIM4HMC

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Compare and contrast the conceptual and practical issues surrounding health information quality and accountability in the contexts of mandatory and voluntary reporting, and corporate and clinical governance.
02. Critique relevant theoretical models for evaluating and improving patient and client care, service and safety and, in particular, their integration of health information and technologies to underpin contemporary healthcare governance.
03. Appraise the contemporary literature on health information and systems for the purpose of informing the management of healthcare quality and safety.
04. Synthesise the specialised knowledge and skills required to manage departmental Health Information Service and facility-wide quality management, accreditation, and information systems governance functions.
05. Interpret and critique the documenting, collecting, handling, analysing, reporting, and disseminating of health information for governance, quality and safety activities, and programs including critical performance tools such as adverse event and risk detection and reduction, audits, report cards, clinical indicators, and recording methodologies.
06. Adapt practical managerial and statistical tools, methods and strategies for monitoring, evaluating and improving health information, health information services, technology security, and patient and client care and service.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJenn Lee

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 32 - 43
One 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShopWeek: 32 - 43
One 2.00 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 2,000-word individual assignmentFormal report that tests the students understanding of the subject content and their ability to research the literature. The students can choose from a large selection of topics that include the Health Information Managers role in Health Information Governance pertaining to either protecting patient privacy or the MyHealth Record.


One 20-min individual online quiz (equivalent to 350 words)


One 20-minute team presentation (equivalent to 750 words each)Students will work in groups and present a case study in an oral presentation with each student contributing 5 minutes.Group sizes are ideally 4 at the most 5 people we have to allow for some exceptions when our numbers do not equate to multiples of 4.


One 2-hour written examination (equivalent to 2000 words)The exam consists of short and long answer questions of 2 hours duration with 15 minutes reading time.