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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: JUST5207C

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: Joshua Davies

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4333

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


Course Description

Thiscourse describes the skills and knowledge required to implement and monitor compliance with legal and ethical requirements relevant in the work area

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTHIR506C 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: - HLTHIR506C - Implement and monitor compliance with legal and ethical requirements

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

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 –



Boundaries, Right of Refusal, Treating a minor –



Making your practice Legal and Ethical

On-line Case Study Assessment Due



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


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course forms part of the Diploma of Remedial Massage.
Assessment is typically based around written and/or online tests, assignments, reflective journals, evidence portfolio’s, logbooks and/or practical demonstrations.
Assessment may also take place in a simulated work situation such as a supervised student clinic.
Competency based training requires the student to be in attendance in order for assessment to be undertaken.
Assessment is undertaken through successful completion of all assessment activities and classroom, project & industry participation.
Assessments are spaced across the duration of the course, in order for your teacher to provide you with progressive feedback.
Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
An RMIT assessment charter ( summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document, the Assessment policies and procedures manual (;ID=ln1kd66y87rc).

Assessment Tasks

 Case Study – Ethics Due April 14th, 2016

You will be given 3 case studies where you will have to respond to the special needs of a client, deal with a complaint or manage a situation according to the industry code of practice. You must demonstrate how you would handle this situation with the tools you have learnt in weeks 1 - 3. The case studies is to be completed during class time

Online task.  Due April 21st, 2016


You are required to complete an online task, covering all material from ethics (weeks 1-4) and law & documentation including consent, duty of care, compliance with legal requirements and completing documents according to legislation.  

Clinic observation skills checklist Due April 21st, 2016

 Must be completed during student clinic (see clinic folder)


Assessment Matrix

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