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OT4003 - Health Law and Ethics for OT Professional Practice

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject will critically examine legislative and ethical aspects of health service delivery with a particular focus on occupational therapy and rural and remote practice. A variety of ethical issues will be analysed through the application of professional reasoning, ethical principles and theories and legal obligations. The interface between rights and responsibilities of service users, service providers and society as a whole will be explored in relation to their application to occupational therapy practice. Attention will be paid to the ethical requirements embedded within culturally-safe health care practice in rural and remote settings. Students participating in this subject will develop the advanced knowledge and skills in critical thinking, ethical reasoning and reflective practice needed to negotiate complex practice situations in health care.

Learning Outcomes

  • integrate professional reasoning to conceptual thinking and reflective practice;
  • demonstrate effective, cohesive and persuasive written and oral communication;
  • demonstrate reflective insight into legal and ethical decision making for professional service delivery in a multicultural society whether urban or rural and remote;
  • deconstruct ethical issues through the application of ethical principles, theories and professional guidelines to inform professional reasoning and health service delivery;
  • critically evaluate and apply relevant government legislation affecting all areas of health professional practice.
Prerequisites: Students must have completed all third year subjects


Townsville, Study Period 2, Block
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Face to face teaching (on campus)
Coord/Lect: Dr Daniel Lowrie.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 15 hours lectures
  • 25 hours workshops/Seminars
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: other exams (40%); facilitation of workshop activities 20%; ethical review of case study 40%; (60%).
Special Assessment Requirements: In order to pass this subject, you must: (1) attend and participate in 80% of the workshops and seminars; (2) submit all pieces of assessment; (3) achieve a minimum average of 50% across all assessment pieces (including after the application of any penalties such as late penalties); (4) achieve a combined minimum average of 50% across the viva exam and ethical review of case study.

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.