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Health Ethics, Law and Governance BAA753


This unit is offered in even-numbered years only.


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


Unit name Health Ethics, Law and Governance
Unit code BAA753
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Australian Institute of Health Service Management
Coordinator Doctor Maria Agaliotis
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


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Learning Outcomes

  • Critically appraise health ethics and law requirements and formulate strategies to address these from a management perspective.
  • Evaluate governance structures, policies and processes with a comparative view of other jurisdictions.
  • Compare governance in the public and private sectors to provide accessible and equitable services.
  • Assess the role of governance for strategic objectives in health e.g. cost-effectiveness, quality and safety in care delivery through performance, collaboration and openness.
  • Summarise the social and ethical considerations when managing health organisations.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
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AssessmentAssessment task 1 - Presentation (20%)|Assessment task 2 - Essay (40%)|Strengthening the way, we respond to serious incident management governance in New South Wales - Immediacy, accountability, kindness (40%)
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There is no prescribed text or software for this unit. The learning materials of the unit will be drawn from publications, journal articles and other credible sources/websites. You will be able to access the learning materials through the Learning Content section of the MyLO unit. Journal articles and other readings will be made available throughout the semester via MyLO.


There is a set of pre-recorded lectures and slides, recommended and supplementary readings available in the Learning Content section of MyLO.

In addition to these readings on MyLO, you are also expected to be familiar with the key academic journals in the discipline from which useful insights may be derived. In particular, you are encouraged to review regularly the relevant papers that are published in:

Health Law Review

Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy

Journal of Health Law

Journal of Health, Safety and Environment

Journal of Law and Medicine

Journal of Mental Health Law

Medical Law Review

Medicine and Law

The Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics

Global Health Governance

Australia and New Zealand Health Policy

Australian Journal of Public Administration

Journal of Public Administration and Governance

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