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HSC3001

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Liz Bishop

Synopsis

This unit deals with two primary aspects of professional practice in the health and social care system, namely the legal and ethical principles that govern the operation of the system and the behaviour of individuals within it. The unit commences with an introduction to the legal framework, covering common law, statute law and the legal responsibilities of health and social care professionals. Students are then introduced to the ethical framework, through an examination of ethical theory, professional ethics, confidentiality, informed consent and relationships with patients. The complex interrelationship between legal and ethical aspects of healthcare practice is explored.

Outcomes

Upon completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the legal framework pertinent to healthcare practice
  2. explain why the study of health law is an essential aspect of professional practice
  3. discuss issues related to justice in the healthcare system
  4. describe medical and professional ethics and different ethical perspectives as related to healthcare
  5. discuss the importance of confidentiality and informed consent.

Assessment

Written assignments (2 x 2,500 words) (100%)

Hurdle: 80% attendance at tutorials.

Workload requirements

2 hour seminar per week plus approximately 10 hours of private study.

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