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HPER71-110: Evidence Based Practice and Policy


As society grapples with the increasing demand and spiralling costs of healthcare and unexplained variations in practice, the delivery of healthcare based on evidence has never been more important. The growing volume of this evidence presents significant challenges for health professionals. After exploring the preconceptions of evidence based practice, challenging and evaluating the theory behind it, participants in this subject will develop the skills needed to efficiently access and examine evidence that supports and affects healthcare practice. Participants will be able to develop searchable questions from practice and policy problems, understand the type of research studies that can address these questions, and recognise the strengths and limitations of the different research study designs. Skills in locating research evidence and critically evaluating the evidence will be developed and refined through supported hands-on practice. Participants will be able to interpret and effectively communicate the findings of research evidence to different audiences and make evidence-informed decisions to support clinical practice and healthcare delivery.  

Subject details

Type: Postgraduate Subject
Code: HPER71-110
EFTSL: 0.125
Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Credit: 10
Study areas:
  • Health, Biomedical, and Sport Sciences
Subject fees:
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,310.00
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,710.00

Learning outcomes

  1. Formulate clear, searchable questions addressing a practice or health policy problem.
  2. Design and perform an efficient search to locate research addressing a focused question.
  3. Select and justify suitable research designs to address a range of clinical questions.
  4. Critically appraise research evidence and report on the quality of evidence.
  5. Interpret, summarise, and communicate the results of research studies for a target audience.
  6. Apply the principles of evidence based practice to make evidence informed recommendations for practice or health policy.

Enrolment requirements



Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.