Unit description

Examines the complex interrelationship between health law and ethics.  Students are introduced to the Australian legal system and the legal processes, principles, legislation and actions that impact on health care professionals and health care institutions. In addition, emerging issues and trends in health law and ethics will be explored.

Unit content

Topic 1 Introduction to applied ethics

Topic 2 Introduction to legal processes and health law

Topic 3 Human rights, law and bioethics

Topic 4 Consent and confidentiality

Topic 5 Legal and ethical issues during the lifecycle

Topic 6 Professional practice and responsibilities

Topic 7 Mapping the issues in public health law and ethics

Topic 8 Future challenges in public health law and ethics

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
For information regarding Student Contribution Amounts please visit the Student Contribution Amounts.
Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

Fee paying courses
For POSTGRADUATE or UNDERGRADUATE full fee paying courses please check Domestic Postgraduate Fees OR Domestic Undergraduate Fees


Please check the international course and fee list to determine the relevant fees.