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Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Services CAM620


This unit explores the legal and ethical issues arising within decision-making in the contemporary health care environment. Issues to be explored include duty of care and negligence, security, privacy, confidentiality and the workplace. The unit draws on principles of law and relevant codes of ethics to explore these concepts from different stakeholder perspectives. Attention will be given to legal and ethical aspects of an increasing online health care environment. Current national and international legislation and initiatives to address these issues are considered. On completion, participants should be able to define the parameters within which the unique ethical mandates involved in health are expressed and discuss some of its practical outcomes. Participants will be encouraged to undertake research and submission of assignments in relation to a wide range of current health care topics.


Unit name Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Services
Unit code CAM620
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
Discipline Medicine
Teaching staff

John Streeter(Coordinator)

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


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Band Field of Education
3 060101

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Teaching Pattern

Flexible on-line with discussion board participation and seminar if practicable.


Two written assignments (2500 words each) (65%) and individual paper (35%) requiring each critique of current literature and workplace application of theory.

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