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PS4003 - Physiotherapy Health Law and Ethics

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
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.
Prerequisites: PS4001 OR (PS4101 AND PS4102)


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
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
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); other exams (15%); assignments (25%).
Special Assessment Requirements: To pass this subject students are required to pass the end of semester viva examination, the assignment and submit ePortfolio items as described in the subject outline. No marks are allotted to the ePortfolio items.

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.