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PS4003 - Physiotherapy Health Law and Ethics

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject will increase the students knowledge of Health Law and its application to physiotherapy practice. Students will gain an understanding of ethics and bioethics and develop skills in working through complex moral and ethical issues, recognising and reflecting on different points of view.

Learning Outcomes

  • identify ethical issues and apply ethical theories and professional guidelines to clinical reasoning for health professional service delivery;
  • apply clinical reasoning to conceptual thinking and reflective practice;
  • demonstrate knowledge of relevant government legislation affecting all areas of health professional practice;
  • demonstrate a sound grasp of legal and ethical decision-making in professional service delivery in a multicultural society whether urban, rural or remote.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Case study analysis - (25%) - Individual
  • Oral > Debate - (15%) - Group
  • Oral > Viva - (60%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Portfolio - (%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Passing requirements: complete and submit all assessment items; achieve a cumulative score of at least 50% inclusive of any penalties applied; achieve at least 50% for the viva and written case study; attend at least 80% of scheduled classes; achieve satisfactory/pass for portfolio tasks.

Prerequisites: PS4001 OR (PS4101 AND PS4102)


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coordinator: Miss Sue Barrs
Lecturers: Ms Ilsa Nielsen, Miss Sue Barrs, Mrs Gitte Nielsen.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 15 hours lectures
  • 25 hours tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed 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.