Course Title: Law and Ethics for Health Professionals

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Law and Ethics for Health Professionals

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note, that from Semester 1, 2020 this Course will be titled 'Law and Ethics for Health Professionals'. 


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

OHTH2163

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

OHTH2163

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Tom Molyneux

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7399

Course Coordinator Email: tom.molyneux@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.013


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None.


Course Description

Law and Ethics for Health Professionals is a multi-disciplinary one-semester course that will encourage you to critically examine the legal framework that underpins the accountabilities imposed on healthcare practitioners to promote safe patient-centred practice. You will refine your own ethical thinking and develop a deeper understanding of professionally acceptable behaviours appropriate to practice in the Australian primary and tertiary healthcare system with application to both the public and private sectors. This course is designed to contribute to the development of evidence-based approaches to professional practice across streams within the School of Health and Biomedical Sciences.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of evidence-based approaches to professional practice across a number of programs in the School of Health and Biomedical Sciences.

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP278 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine) and BP280 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic):

  • PLO 3 Practise as a competent health care professional in a safe ethical and legally responsible manner
  • PLO 5 Communicate effectively in a range of forms (written, online, oral) and with diverse audiences (patients, community/public, agencies and health professionals)
  • PLO 6 Work independently and in teams specifically to lead and contribute to inter professional care partnerships
  • PLO 7 Function as an autonomous practitioner, with sound business management skills

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP279 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy):

  • PLO 3 Gather and interpret health information, and employ clinical reasoning to develop differential diagnoses, to inform assessment and management
  • PLO 6 Work autonomously and collaboratively, to lead and/or contribute to inter-professional healthcare partnerships
  • PLO 7 Develop and implement strategies to meet personal and professional demands, as a primary healthcare provider

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for the BP032 Bachelor of Nursing Program in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Australia, Registered Nurse Standards for Practice:

  • PLO 1: Thinks critically and analyses nursing practice
  • PLO 2: Engages in therapeutic and professional relationships Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

(2016) Registered nurse standards for practice. Melbourne, Australia.


On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Examine how major laws and regulations guide health care and public health practice.
  2. Apply theoretical frameworks and code of ethics to decision-making related to specific example cases in professional practice.
  3. Reflect on the concepts of duty of care, standards of care and scope of practice and how these relate to record keeping, professional behaviours and protecting patient safety.
  4. Examine factors that influence health practitioner decision-making related to reporting error and unprofessional or substandard conduct.
  5. Understand current practice needs and issues that have ethical and/or legal implications:
  • (a) For Chiropractic, Osteopathy, and Chinese Medicine students this would constitute designing a business plan for private practice that applies sound legal, ethical, and business principles;
  • (b) For Nursing and other health professionals, this would constitute examining the legal and ethical principles of delegation and management of unregulated health-care assistants.


Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use a range of blended learning activities including lectures, lectorials or workshops and self-directed learning. Throughout the course, you will be able to work both independently and in groups to solve problems involving aspects of patient-centred professional practice covered in the course.

Online and face-to-face lectures, Lectorials or workshops are the principal mode of content delivery and will present you with the key concepts and information relevant to the understanding of core content.

Self-Directed Learning: Completion of formative online review activities and summative assessments will enable you to better develop your independent learning skills and will support the material covered in the face to face sessions.

Teacher guided hours: 24 - 48

Learner directed hours: 24 - 48


Overview of Learning Resources

Lecture and online material: The lectures and reading material are intended to be supported by reading the accompanying recommended text(s).  Their provision does not exclude wider reading but serve to focus on specific details, complex areas and life examples. RMIT will provide you with additional resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Assignment

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLO 5

Assessment Task 2: Case-based presentation/assignment

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 3: Final exam multiple choice and short answer case studies

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4