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181153 - Avant eLearning module: Open Disclosure

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
1 hour


This eLearning course will take approximately 90mins to complete.Open disclosure is the open discussion of incidents that result in harm to a patient while receiving health care with the patient, their family, carers and other support persons. The essential elements of open disclosure are outlined in the national Australian Open Disclosure Framework. This course reviews the essential elements of open disclosure.

Relevance to General Practice

Open disclosure (OD) is the subject of a national standard that has been implemented in state health policy documents, and is included in the Medical Board of Australia’s code of conduct for doctors. Nevertheless, doctors have been slow to embrace the practice of OD. There is a strong ethical case for implementing OD in the primary interests of patients, and additionally from a medico-legal risk management point of view.
There are a number of barriers to the better uptake and implementation of OD, including perceptions of legal risk, lack of education and training, reluctance to admit error, uncertainty concerning what and how much to disclose, and the variations in state and territory “apology laws”. This course discusses best practice for open disclosure.

Learning outcomes
  • Define open disclosure according to the Australian Open Disclosure Framework
  • Describe the rationale for open disclosure
  • Plan a consultation where information is provided within the context of an open disclosure framework
  • Demonstrate a personal practical approach to an open disclosure consultation
  • Participate in development of systems and policies that support open disclosure within their own workplace.
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    • Effective communication is used in challenging situations

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    • Continuity of care promotes quality and safety

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    • Effective leadership improves outcomes for patients

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    • Critical incidents and potential critical incidents are identified and managed

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    • Medico-legal requirements are integrated into accurate documentation

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Adult health
    • Care of older people
    • Children and young people health
    • Individuals with disabilities
    • Men's health
    • Pregnancy care
    • Refugee and asylum seeker health
    • Residential care
    • Sex, sexuality, gender diversity and health
    • Women's health
    181153 - Avant eLearning module: Open Disclosure
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    1 hour
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    CPD Points
    2 points
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