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PS4003 - Physiotherapy Health Law and Ethics

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

This subject aims to introduce the student to 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.

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 find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • 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 manage future career and personal development;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate tools and technologies;
  • The ability to use online technologies effectively and ethically.
Prerequisites: PS4001 OR (PS4101 AND PS4102)


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 15 hours lectures
  • 25 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); other exams (15%); assignments (25%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students must pass the end of semester viva exam and the assignment in order to pass the subject.

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