This unit of study engages students in interdisciplinary experiences that provide an introduction to ethics and law in relation to the Australian health system. The unit explores fundamental ethical principles in relation to health and health services. It also provides a basic introduction to medico-legal aspects of health and healthcare. Topics 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, including policy. Learning is interactive and scenarios are used to develop ethical thinking. Students will develop a written or multimedia research project based 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