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Unit description

Strengthens students' knowledge of accountability issues for health professional practice and expands discipline-specific and inter-professional clinical reasoning. 

Unit content

  • Autonomous practice: Nature, responsibilities implications and limitations.
  • Human rights principles and health.
  • Role and requirements of being an expert in regards to the legal system.
  • Role and requirements of being an expert in regards to policy development.
  • Ethics and ethical reasoning in health practice, research and business.
  • Accountability principles and procedures.
  • Clinical decision making and advanced clinical reasoning.
  • Meta-awareness skills.
  • Advanced inter-professional skills.

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1apply principles and explain implications of autonomous practiceEthical practice
2critique the application of human rights principles to health professional practiceIntellectual rigour
3evaluate the expectations and responsibilities of being an expert, in regards to both policy development and the legal systemEthical practice
4adapt accountability principles and procedures to complex clinical scenariosEthical practice
5critically discuss clinical decision making and clinical reasoning in novel and complex situationsEthical practice
6evaluate clinical reasoning and meta-awareness skills in complex profession specific and interprofessional case studiesCreativity
7evaluate how clinical reasoning and ethical reasoning inform person-centred careEthical practice

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. apply principles and explain implications of autonomous practice
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  2. critique the application of human rights principles to health professional practice
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  3. evaluate the expectations and responsibilities of being an expert, in regards to both policy development and the legal system
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  4. adapt accountability principles and procedures to complex clinical scenarios
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  5. critically discuss clinical decision making and clinical reasoning in novel and complex situations
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  6. evaluate clinical reasoning and meta-awareness skills in complex profession specific and interprofessional case studies
    • GA2: Creativity
  7. evaluate how clinical reasoning and ethical reasoning inform person-centred care
    • GA3: Ethical practice

Prescribed texts

  • Freegard, H & Isted, L (eds), 2012, Ethical Practice for Health Professionals, 2nd edn, Cengage Learning Australia Pty Ltd, South Melbourne, Australia. ISBN: 9780170220439.
  • Higgs, J, Jensen, G, Loftus, S & Christensen, N (eds), 2018, Clinical Reasoning in the Health Professions, 4th edn, Elsevier, Sydney, NSW. ISBN: 9780702062247.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 3 hrs (7 weeks )
Lecture online 5 x 1 hour  (Throughout session)
Workshop on-site 2 hrs (5 weeks )
Assessment
Debate30%
Critical Reflection20%
Exam: closed book50%
Notice

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

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Fee information

Domestic

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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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International

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