We have developed a series of modules that are designed to help students learn about medication safety and prepare for interprofessional clinical practice. They provide a window into how health professionals communicate and work collaboratively to promote QUM and ensure medication safety. Each module is based on an actual clinical situation; a number are re-enactments or adaptations of coronial inquests or incident reports. The skills inherent in safe and effective medication and communication practices are illustrated with positive and negative examples. Although each module is distinct the resources use a consistent pedagogical approach and are supported by critical thinking questions designed to promote reflection and discussion. Each module was developed collaboratively and reviewed for content accuracy, relevance and authenticity by an expert panel consisting of clinicians and educators.

Please follow this link to download a booklet outlining each module- IPE for QUM Module Booklet

Eileen Poole

This introductory module presents a very common scenario in health care – a patient visiting a medical centre where she sees a Practice Nurse and General Practitioner, and then visits a local community pharmacy. While at first glance, it may appear that the scenario does not demonstrate a lot of interprofessional communication, we encourage you to look more deeply. Where does interprofessional communication occur and how could the communication be improved? Keep in mind that at the centre of the Quality Use of Medication Cycle is the person who is the recipient of care; they are an integral member of the medication team. As you explore this module carefully consider the communication between the health professionals and Eileen Poole and how this communication impacts medication safety.

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This module portrays Vanessa’s story and is based upon the findings from the Coroner’s report into her death in 2005. Although Vanessa’s death resulted from a combination of human and systems errors, this module will focus primarily on the communication and medication safety issues that occurred during Vanessa’s hospitalisation. As you undertake this module carefully consider how the poor communication between the health professionals involved impacted upon medication safety and how this could have been prevented. At the same time reflect on how your learning will impact your future practice.

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Mark Green

This module was adapted from an actual clinical case in which a serious clinical error occurred and this resulted in a person’s death. The coroner’s report following the inquest identified communication between staff and during handover, documentation and clear identification of decisions, and use of appropriate guidelines and protocols as key areas for improvement.

There is also a Japanese version of this module available on the module page.

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Gavin Sinclair

This module introduces 23 year-old Gavin Sinclair, who presents to the emergency department at a regional hospital after a minor car accident. A physical examination has cleared him of any physical injuries but Gavin’s mental state is of concern to staff. Undiagnosed and inadequately treated schizophrenia has a high burden of illness in the Australian community. Evidenced-based treatment for schizophrenia includes antipsychotic medications and ongoing monitoring. However, non-adherence to medication is common and stigma associated with schizophrenia is a major issue among patients, carers, and health professionals.

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Young-Min Lee

On the day in which the module begins, Young-Min Lee was seen by a paediatrician in his rooms and was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection. Young-Min was sent with his Korean mother to the local hospital to be admitted for treatment. An error occurred in the administration of Gentamicin to the child, which is detected before it causes any harm. The module explores the communication that occurs within the healthcare team in detecting and correcting the problem, as well as the issues associated with communicating with a patient from a culturally and linguistically diverse background, and the correct procedures for open disclosure.

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