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OT4003 - Health Law and Ethics, Reflective Practice

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch Public Health,Trop Medicine&Rehabilitation Sc

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.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends;
  • An understanding of the economic, legal, ethical, social and cultural issues involved in the use of information;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to work with people of different gender, age, ethnicity, culture, religion and political persuasion;
  • The ability to work individually and independently.
Prerequisites: HS3401 AND (OT3001 OR OT3101) AND OT3002 AND 0T3003 AND OT3004 AND OT3005Students must have completed all third year subjects


Townsville, Study Period 9, Block
Census Date 04-Oct-2012
Face to face teaching 01-Oct-2012 to 19-Oct-2012 (on campus)
Coord/Lect: Dr Yvonne Thomas.
Workload expectations:
  • 15 hours lectures
  • 25 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: other exams (40%); facilitation of workshop activities 20%; ethical review of case study 40%; attendance and participation in module (80%) pass/fail (60%).

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