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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: JUST5207C

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

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4321 - 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

Stephen Jones

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:

HLTHIR506C 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
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
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


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
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-
•  Face to face teaching
• Case studies
• Class room activities
• Online work
• Accessing information online

Teaching Schedule


Session 1 Mon 20th July
1.30 – 4.30pm (3 HRS) - Program Overview
- Course content
1. Australian Law in Health
- 1.1 Types of law
- 1.2 Health care workers and disputes
QUIZ 1 B (law)

QUIZ 1 A (basic health law)

Session 2: Wed 29th July
9.30 -12.30 (3 HRS)

- 1.3 Employer and employee responsibilities
- 1.5 Code of Practice/ Code of Ethics
o Workplace culture
o Code of Practice/ Code of Ethics
o Student code of ethics
o Activity: Write a Class charter
QUIZ 1 C (Employer)

Session 3 Monday 3rd August
1.30 – 4.30 (3 HRS)
- 1.4 Professionalism
- Boundaries of professional practice
- Patient rights QUIZ 1 D (Professionalism)

QUIZ 1 E (client rights)
Session 4 Wed 12th August
9.30 -12.30 (3 HRS)

2 – Common Law Torts
- Autonomy & Consent
- Duty of Care QUIZ 2 A (Consent)

QUIZ 2 B (Duty of Care)
Session 5 Wed 19th August
9.30 -12.30 (3 HRS)

3 – Documentation
- 3.1 Documentation and the Law
- 3.2 Privacy & Confidentiality
- 3.3. Authorised disclosure
- 3.4 Defamation QUIZ 3A Documentation

QUIZ 3B Privacy

QUIZ 3C…?? Case study??
Session 6 Wed 26th August
9.30 -12.30 (3 HRS)

Wed 2nd September SEMESTER BREAK
Session 7 Wed 9th September
9.30 -12.30 (3 HRS)
4 – Death
- 4.1 Death & the law in health care
- 4.2 Euthanasia in the health context
- 4.3 Withholding/ withdrawing treatment
- 4.4 Criminal law and the coroner in the health care context
- QUIZ 4 A Coroner
Session 8 Monday 14th Sept
1.30 – 4.30 (3 HRS) - Conflict management
- Communication
- Bianca ppt wk 7
– Bianca ppt wk 7
Session 9 Wed 23rd September
9.30 -12.30 (3 HRS)

Session 10 Wed 30th September
9.30 -12.30 (3 HRS)
- Sexual Misconduct
- Respect for others
Session 11 Wed 7th October
9.30 -12.30 (3 HRS) TRANSITION

Session 12 Wed 14th October
9.30 -12.30 (3 HRS) TRANSITION


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 to address appropriate application of knowledge required for the course.

Assessment Tasks

The assessment tasks for this course will be-

1. Online quizzes- to assess the underpinning knowledge due on 30th Sept.
2. Case studies assessments- to assess the application of the knowledge due on 23rd Sept.

Students are required to pass all outcomes to be deemed competent in the course.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

As this is a core competency, the students need to be deemed competent in this course before they can be assessed for elective courses.

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