Unit description

Strengthens students' knowledge of accountability issues for health professional practice and expands discipline-specific and inter-professional clinical reasoning. The unit addresses issues such as ethics and law in health practice and business, advocacy, human rights and health, capacity building, ethical reasoning and research ethics. Advanced clinical reasoning skills and contexts are also explored.

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 in service delivery settings and accountability systems external to the profession.
  • Clinical decision making.
  • Meta-awareness skills in clinical reasoning.
  • Advanced clinical reasoning for different client populations.
  • 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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Freegard H and Isted L (ed.), 2012, Ethical Practice for Health Professionals, 2nd edn, Cengage Learning Australia Pty Ltd, South Melbourne, Australia. ISBN: 9780170220439.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Critical review15%
Exam: closed book60%

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


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