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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: JUST5154C

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

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5207 - Diploma of Remedial Massage

Course Contact: Priya Atkinson

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4212

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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 requirements for this unit

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to implement and monitor compliance with legal and ethical requirements relevant in the work area.  Classes are primarily run online, with a few face to face session.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTHIR506B Implement and monitor compliance with legal and ethical requirements


1.    Maintain ethical work practices

Performance Criteria:

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


2.    Maintain appropriate documentation

Performance Criteria:

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


3.    Maintain compliance with legal requirements

Performance Criteria:

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

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Students will be reqired to read through online maierials and complete the learning tasks.  They will learn to apply skills and knowledge to work integrated learning (WIL) in the student & clinical practice environment, during simulations and classroom based learning.

All class learning materials, notes and other key learning resources can be accessed via the internet at  You will also find a range of weblinks and recommended journals and textbooks.  

To facilitate learning we strongly encourage using a range of communication tools between yourself/lecturer and other students by using the online learning platform.

Teaching Schedule

The unit is conducted online, with notes being uploaded weekly.  Face to face sessions have been scheduled as follows:

327/7/09Introduction to Law & EthicsGroup discussion & role play on consent
97/9/09Ethics in PracticeRole Play of clinical scenarios
125/10/09Client Rights 
1312/10/09Working in the Health Care IndustryWhere to begin activities
1419/10/09Online: Industry Regulation 

Students are also required to pariticpate in  Remedial Massage Clinic Rotations as per individual rosters

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may consist of examinations, quizzes, practical demonstration, work based assessment or simulation, submission of your learning and assessment guide and assignments.

Assessment Tasks

Workplace Learning:
All students are required to competently complete their Remedial Massage Clinic Rotations.

Business Plan:
This semester you are required to complete a business plan.  This task will require you to write a business plan for a remedial massage or myotherapy practice. You will be required to address several key elements when formulating your business plan such as documented procedures for ethical practice, and legal requirements. Details for the business plan are listed on the Learning Hub.

Assessment Matrix

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