Course Title: Implement and monitor compliance with legal and ethical requirements

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: JUST5154C

Course Title: Implement and monitor compliance with legal and ethical requirements

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4215 - Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

Course Contact: Veemita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4662

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Garrie O’Toole

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

There are no pre-requisites and co-requisites for this course.

Course Description

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to implement and monitor compliance with legal and ethical requirements relevant in the allied health work area.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTHIR506B Implement and monitor compliance with legal and ethical requirements


Maintain appropriate documentation

Performance Criteria:

When referral or request is received, ensure nature and requirements referral and/or request are correctly identified
Complete documentation within clients’ medical records in accordance with state/territory legislation, and organisation policies and procedures
Ensure reports and documentation address requirements of state/territory legislation, and organisation policies and procedures
Implement policies and procedures to safe guard client information from unauthorised access or disclosure


Maintain compliance with legal requirements

Performance Criteria:

Ensure statutory obligations and requirements are fulfilled
Ensure consent of client is obtained for each test/procedure, as required
Ensure authorities are notified of client information as required by law
Ensure release of information contained within client records is completed in accordance with relevant federal, state/territory legislation and organisation policies and procedures
Ensure duty of care is met in all aspects of own work role
Ensure clients are provided with access to information about themselves in accordance with legislation or other statutory provisions
Ensure the right of every client to be treated fairly and equitably is recognised
Monitor compliance with legal obligations and requirements


Maintain ethical work practices

Performance Criteria:

Fulfil duty of confidentiality to the client, both at law and under professional code of ethics
Ensure the collection, use and disclosure of client information is consistent with information privacy principles
Ensure the rights of clients are recognised and respected throughout all stages of tests/procedures
Ensure adherence to relevant industry code of practice that outlines the minimum standard of professional conduct
Refer ethical issues or breaches of ethical practice to management or ethics committees in accordance with organisation policies and procedures
Exercise duty of care in all aspects of work to ensure client safety
Handle client complaints sensitively and in line with organisation policies and procedures
Perform all work within the boundaries of responsibility and refer problems to supervisor and/or other appropriate health professional
Monitor work practices to ensure that they reflect principles of ethical practice

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

The learning activities include-
• Two sessions of face to face teaching
• Case studies
• Class room activities
• Online work
• Accessing information online

Teaching Schedule

There will be two sessions of face to face teaching for this course in 20th week of the program and the details of the class date and time will be in the timetable provided to the students. Timetable can also be accessed online in the learning hub. The students will be able to undertake discussions about the case studies, underpinning knowledge about this course and other related activities with the specialist teacher.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Forrester, K & Griffiths, D. 2010 Essentials of law for health professionals, 3nd ed. NSW: Mosby


There are a number of reference details in the learning guide in the online learning hub for this course.

Other Resources

The students can access library for more resources like-
• Videos
• Articles of interest
• useful external links
• Learning Lab

Overview of Assessment

The assessment will involve online activities and assignments.
There will be observation in the clinical placement with questioning to address appropriate application of knowledge.

Assessment Tasks

The assessment tasks for this course will be-

1. Online quizzes- to assess the underpinning knowledge
2. case studies assessments- to assess the application of the knowlwdge
3. Clinical placement review about the implementation of the knowledge especially monitoring ethical work practices,documenting, maintaining and compliance with legal practices

Assessment Matrix

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