Law and Ethics in Allied Health

Subject PHTY90072 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2012.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: This subject is not offered in 2012.
Total Time Commitment:

70 Hours





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Melbourne School of Health Sciences
The University of Melbourne
Level 1, 200 Berkeley St
Carlton Victoria 3010 AUSTRALIA
T: +61 3 8344 4171
F: +61 3 8344 4188

Subject Overview:

This subject aims to raise an awareness of humanistic and ethical aspects of physiotherapy practice by reviewing foundations of philosophical, social and legal knowledge associated with health care practice. Through 3 (3 hour) seminars, students will examine:

  • Laws that are relevant to health care practice in allied health,
  • Ethical theories and approaches that underpin allied health practice
  • Ethical reasoning models and frameworks for engaging with clients in clinical practice
  • Different ways to address ethical problems encountered in allied health practice
  • Ways of broadening and reflecting on personal and professional experience
  • Strategies for writing about and engaging with ethics in different clinical, cultural and institutional settings.
  • Knowledge of the legal obligations relevant to allied health practice;
  • Knowledge of ethical and philosophical foundations of allied health practice
  • Understanding of ethical obligations and approaches in different clinical practice settings

Analysis of set readings, due mid semester (40%)

3,000 word essay, due at the end of semester (60%)

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should have:

  • Developed an understanding of different approaches to ethical reasoning and analysis in allied health practice
  • Refined analytical skills needed to critically evaluate commentaries and approaches to health care ethics
  • Developed the ability to plan their own essay
  • Developed strategies for dealing with ethical issues in clinical practice

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