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PBH2004: Health, Law And Ethics

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Health, Law And Ethics

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This unit considers health in the context of the Australian legal system, together with the ethical frameworks underpinning that context. The unit commences with an introduction to the legal framework, covering common law, statute law and the legal responsibilities of health and social care professionals. Students are also introduced to the ethical framework, through an examination of ethical theory, professional ethics, confidentiality, informed consent and relationships with patients. Consideration will also be given to the role of human rights in health. The interrelationship between legal and ethical aspects of healthcare practice is explored through the use of case studies and discussion of topical issues.


1 - Group Presentation - 10% 2 - Written assignment (1,800 words) - 30% 3 - Written assignment (3,600 words) - 60%


1 hour lecture, 2 hour tutorial, 3 hours of directed online student learning activities, plus 6 hours of self-directed study per week.

Sustainable development goals

Adopted by the UN Member States in 2015, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. Read more

This unit covers content related to the following SDGs:

3. Good Health and Well-Being 16. Peace Justice and Strong Institutions