Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedNot offered in 2012


The aim of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of the major legal parameters related to nursing practice and to provide a framework for exploring ethical issues in health care.


On completion of this unit, students will be expected to:

  1. develop an understanding of the contemporary Australian legal system;

  1. demonstrate an understanding of legal principles relevant to the health care system;

  1. explore various legal issues relating to nursing care;

  1. gain an understanding of selected ethical issues in contemporary health care; and

  1. develop resolutions to ethical dilemmas in nursing practice which are consistent with personal and professional standards.


Assignments: 100% (50%

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Melanie Birks