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Health Ethics, Law and Governance BAA753


This unit provides students an opportunity to examine the link between ethics, legislation and governance.  Students will investigate the need for ethics to inform legislation, the translation of that legislation into policy, then how policy is enacted through governance. The unit presents the fundamentals of health sector governance in a cross-disciplinary way by integrating legal, management, public administration, social cultural and financial issues and public policy perspectives. The ethical principles germane to clinical practice, research, and quality improvement processes will also be covered in the same applied fashion. Current issues will be examined including debates associated with end of life care, fertility, rationing of resources, involvement of community in decision making, regulation of clinical practices and risk management. Students will have opportunities to hear from experts across Australia and participate in industry case studies and analysis.


Unit name Health Ethics, Law and Governance
Unit code BAA753
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Australian Institute of Health Service Management


Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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Learning Outcomes

Identify critical issues in Australian health law and ethics.

Discuss governance issues with a comparative view to other States, countries, and between the public and private sector.

Develop knowledge of governance in the public sector and its relevance to Australian health services.

Justify the role of governance for strategic objectives in health e.g. cost-effectiveness, quality and safety in care delivery through performance, collaboration and openness.

Identify the social and ethical considerations when managing health organisations.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2020: $1,394.00 2020: $2,665.00 080313

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  • Assessment 1: Case study – 40%
  • Assessment 2: Critical argument - 30%
  • Assessment 3: Presentation - 30%
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