HME711 - Health Law and Ethics


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Online
Trimester 3: Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - online

1-3 online modules per week (learner-led activities) with online discussions, and 6 x 1 hour online seminars per trimester (not mandatory).


The unit aims to equip students with the skills to manage ethical and legal issues that may arise in the context of health service delivery in Australia. It presents an overview of current legislation governing Australia’s multifaceted healthcare system and of contemporary ethical issues in health service delivery. Students in the Unit will examine the application of legal and ethical principles in the context of operational decisions in healthcare.

Students will be introduced to the underlying concepts, values, and principles of health law and ethics, and learn to apply these in the analysis of issues and in the resolution of dilemmas in professional decision-making and policy-making. Topics covered will include ethical theory and Australian health law; confidentiality, privacy and consent; justice in resource allocation; professional issues such as conflicts of interest, competency, and reporting obligations; complaints, negligence, and liability; management of novel or emerging ethicolegal issues; professional boards and ethical governance mechanisms.

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