Courses & Units

Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care CNA308



This unit may also be offered as a spring school to selected students.


This unit explores how legal and ethical principles inform the practice of healthcare professionals in Australia. You will gain knowledge of the fundamental legal and ethical principles governing practice and reflect on how to apply these in everyday situations. Through the analysis of real-world case studies, you will also gain a critical appreciation of the legal and ethical complexities, and the multiple perspectives inherent in any healthcare context.


Unit name Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care
Unit code CNA308
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
Discipline Paramedicine|Philosophy and Gender Studies
Coordinator Doctor Suzanne (Suzy) Bliss
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Spring school (extended) Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Spring school (extended) 31/10/2022 23/11/2022 27/12/2022 19/2/2023

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • describe the laws and fundamental legal principles that are relevant to healthcare practice in Australia. (PPCS 2; 3; 6.1; 8.5,)
  • apply the codes of conduct, codes of ethics and professional standards relevant to clinical situations. (PPCS 1; 2; 3;4.2)
  • reflect upon your personal qualities and relate them to your capacity to care for self and others in clinical practice. (PPCS 3; 9.1; 9.2)
  • discuss the concept of ethical practice in a professional healthcare context. (PPCS 1; 2; 3)
  • analyse the ethico-legal complexities of clinical situation and apply legal and ethical principles to clinical decision-making. (PPCS 1; 2; 3; 4; 8.3)
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
060301 $498.00 $498.00 not applicable $2,615.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Teaching Pattern

Fully online.

AssessmentTake home exam (35%)|Online reflective journal (15%)|Written assignment (50%)
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