HME711 - Health Law and Ethics


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125




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Study commitment

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

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1-2 online modules per week and 1 x 2 hour interactive seminar on campus per week for ten weeks.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

1-2 online modules per week, 10 interactive online workbooks, and 3 scheduled online consultations.

In-person attendance requirements

Independent and collaborative learning activities include 3 scheduled consultations throughout trimester conducted either on campus or online, as appropriate


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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