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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

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


All class learning materials, notes and other key learning resources can be accessed via myRMIT at
A combination of activities will support student’s learning in this course, such as:
• Face-to-face &/or online lectures to cover theoretical and practical concepts for each topic in the course
• Students will learn to apply their skills and knowledge to work integrated learning (WIL) in the student & clinical practice environment, during simulations and classroom based learning
• Work experience &/or placements observation of performance in the workplace will be a valuable part of your learning experience
• Tutorial activities (individually and in teams) to discuss, debate, critique and consolidate your ideas and extend your understanding around key concepts within specific topics
• Online discussions and activities to support and collaborate with other students in your course and debate and discuss ideas
• Utilise and develop critical research and cognitive skills to find credible sources of health information
• Self-directed study time (eg. readings or activities around theory) to enhance and strengthen your knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts
• To further facilitate learning students are strongly encouraged to use a range of communication tools between themselves and their course instructor as well as between themselves and fellow students by using the online learning platform


1: Students will be required to read notes available on Blackboard for this subject

2: Students will be required to participate in classroom discussions around Legal and Ethical issues for the massage industry.

3: Students will be required to participate in a class excursion to a Melbourne courtroom (VCAT or the Melbourne Law Courts)

4: Students will be required to undertake assessment tasks in order to consolidate their knowledge gained in this subject.

Teaching Schedule






What is Ethics?, Scope of practice, Working Ethically, Duty of Care, Communication, Consent & client rights



Presentation (AAMT Geoff Waldron)



Mid Semester Break – No Class



Parliament House Tour – On-line Case Study Assessment Due



Boundaries, Right of Refusal, Treating a minor – On-line Written Assessment Due



Making your practice Legal and Ethical



Online Assessment. Q&A Tutorial. Legal and Ethical Case analysis.








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

1: Case Study Written Response Due April 14th, 2016

2: Written test Due April 21st, 2016

3: Clinic Skills Checklist Due April 21st, 2016

Assessment Matrix

Unit:   HLTHIR506C/JUST5207C

Implement and monitor compliance with legal and ethical requirements

Assessment Tasks


Required Knowledge

Required Skills

Critical Aspects




Case Study




4, 5

2.1, 2.2, 6, 7

1, 2

Written Test




1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

1.1, 1.2,

1, 3

Clinic Checklist

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

4.1, 4.2, 4.3,

1, 2, 3







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