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OT4003 - Health Law and Ethics, Reflective Practice

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch Public Health,Trop Medicine&Rehabilitation Sc (pre 2015)

This subject will identify legislative and ethical requirements for health professionals service delivery in the community and institutional setting. Rural, remote, urban and metropolitan situations will be explored using a variety of techniques to enable reflective practice and clinical reasoning to be demonstrated. The rights and responsibilities of the individual, service provider and society at large will be explored in relation to cultural and ethnic belief systems in a multicultural society such as Australia. Students will participate in the development of core skills for professional competence i.e. effective communication, appreciation of clinical and ethical reasoning, reflective practice, critical thinking and professional practice.

Learning Outcomes

  • apply clinical reasoning to conceptual thinking and reflective practice;
  • demonstrate effective communication skills;
  • demonstrate knowledge of relevant government legislation effecting all areas of health professional practice;
  • demonstrate personal growth in legal and ethical decision making for professional service delivery in a multicultural society whether urban or rural and remote;
  • identify ethical issues and apply ethical theories and professional guidelines to clinical reasoning for health professional service delivery.
Prerequisites: OT3004 AND OT3005Students must have completed all third year subjects


Townsville, Block, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Face to face teaching 18-Aug-2014 to 05-Sep-2014 (on campus)
Coord/Lect: Mr Daniel Lowrie.
Workload expectations:
  • 15 hours lectures
  • 25 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: other exams (40%); facilitation of workshop activities 20%; ethical review of case study 40%; (60%).
Special Assessment Requirements: 80% attendance and participation in subject - pass/fail

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.