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Standard 4: Medication Safety
CPD Hours / Duration
1 hour/s
Depends on Membership level

Standard 4: Medication Safety

Presenter Dr Julie Martyn, Senior Lecturer in Nursing - USC Fraser Coast

Julie Martyn is a senior lecturer who commenced in USC's School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine in February 2016. She is a Registered Nurse with more than 30 years' experience in acute medical and surgical nursing. Julie completed her Master’s of Education through Southern Cross University in 1999. Her dissertation was titled 'The relevance of professional development to nursing practice: A study of professional development in a small provincial hospital'. She went on to complete her PhD through the University of New England in 2015. Her research was an appreciative inquiry of medication administration by registered nurses.

For more than 20 years, Julie has worked and lived on the Fraser Coast. She has spent the 15 years as a nursing academic at the Fraser Coast campus. During this time she has received multiple awards and commendations for her contributions to teaching and learning. She has also supervised Master of Nursing and Nursing Honours students.

Julie managed a 2-year, $0.5 million dollar Clinician Development program in 2003 that resulted in the appointment of medical leaders and the establishment of clinical education programs for health professionals in the Wide Bay. Her role in the development and implementation of the Clinical Pathways project and the development of the Medication Education Unit on the Fraser Coast were significant achievements for the public health service.

She also actively engages with health care professionals locally and abroad. Julie chaired the Fraser Coast Health Professionals Local Education and Research Nexus (LEARN) from 2014 to 2017. The LEARN education program was designed to meet the diverse and evolving continuing education needs of all health disciplines in the Fraser Coast region. Proceeds from the program were used to support further education for local participants and more than A$6000 in scholarships were awarded in the lifetime of the program.

Julie is establishing her post-doctoral research program in fields of medication safety and health worker continuing education. Most recently, Julie was funded to undertake research into the continuing education needs of Personal Care Workers in residential aged care facilities and Indigenous Health Workers in primary health care services. The reports from these projects have gained national attention, and Julie has been commissioned to extend the project for Indigenous Health Workers. The success of this project is a highlight in Julie's research career to date.

Julie's publication profile is expanding with publications in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and research reports. Julie is a reviewer for high ranking international nursing and health professional continuing education journals.

Julie is committed to nursing education and advancement of the profession through research, evidence-based practice and authentic learning experiences. 

Course Content

The purpose and content of the Australian Council of Safety and Quality in Healthcare Standards will be reviewed.

Standard 4 will be discussed in more detail and the requirements for nurses will be explained.

The relationship of Standard 4 to nursing professional codes and standards will be explored. The webinar will conclude with a reflection on your role and responsibility for Medication Safety.

Target Audience

Learning Outcomes

In this session, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of the purpose and content of Standard 4: Medication Safety
  • Recognise the professional practice requirements for nurses
  • Explore professional nursing practice principles related to medication safety
  • Review your role and responsibility to meet Standard 4
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