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Health, Ethics and the Law - HSBH3004

This unit of study engages students in interdisciplinary experiences that focus on ethics and law in relation to the Australian health system. Fundamental ethical principles applied to ethical issues in health and health research are covered. Medico-legal aspects of health and health services will be explored. Particular areas of focus include mental health, health complaints, reproductive technologies, the start and end of life, disability, public health and genetic technology. Students will develop their own ethical thinking and an understanding of professionally acceptable behaviours appropriate to practice in a wide range of disciplines and health professions. Learning is interactive and scenarios are used to develop ethical thinking. Students will write a research report on an ethical and legal issue of their choosing.

1x2-hr lectures/week, 1-hr tutorial/week

Mid-semester exam (20%), research report (40%) and final exam (40%)

Kerridge, I., Lowe, M., and Stewart, C. (2013). Ethics and law for the health professions. Leichardt: The Federation Press.


48 credit points of units


Faculty: Health Sciences

Semester 1

25 Feb 2019

Department/School: Health Sciences
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Mar 2019
Unit of study level: Senior
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: A/Prof Jennifer Smith-Merry
HECS Band: 2
Courses that offer this unit

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