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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 Suzy Bliss
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


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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)
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060301 $493.00 $493.00 not applicable $2,615.00

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Teaching Pattern

Fully online.

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