him5iel health info ethics




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students develop a working knowledge of health information professional responsibilities and compliance, including ethical, legal and governance obligations in the computing field and healthcare information industry. These include the ethical and legal frameworks underpinning the creation, collection, reporting, management and uses of health data, related documents, systems and technologies. Key topics include: privacy, security, confidentiality, access, e-health, ownership, data linkage, and information and documentation issues surrounding healthcare, and biomedical and health technologies. Students develop ethical and legal understandings of: electronic, digitised, and paper-based health records; managing the organisation-wide privacy function; information systems and services; and the social implications of information management and health ICT work.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSharon Campbell

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

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Co-requisites HIM5PPB or HIM4PPB

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critically reflect upon and apply key ethical theories and principles to health information management, health informatics and health ICT practice.

Lectures. Workshops. Online Discussion Forum. Case Studies. Oral Presentation.

02. Investigate the applications, to health information and its management, of the legal system and demonstrate a broad understanding of its workings for the purpose of future health information management professional work with particular emphases on privacy and health information and documentary requirements including statutory reporting (Commonwealth, states and territories).

Lectures. Workshops. Online Discussion Forum. Case Studies. Oral Presentation.

03. Synthesise complex graduate-entry level knowledge of health information ethical and legal requirements surrounding health information and its management (per the requirements of the Heatlh Information Management Association of Australia's Graduate Competency Standards and the corresponding requirements of the Australian Computer Society).

Lectures. Workshops. Online Discussion Forum.

04. Justify and interpret professional practice knowledge of the specialised ethical, legal and other standards and regulatory-related management of mental health information, including requirements of the Mental Health Review Board (and its equivalents in different states) and health information documentation requirements.

Lectures Workshops Online Discussion Forum

05. Synthesise complex, expert knowledge and demonstrate related professional practice competency in the Health Information Manager and hospital and healthcare/related facility-wide positions and responsibilities incorporating health data collection, database management, data linkage, Privacy Officer, and Freedom of Information Officer (all healthcare sectors and levels).

Lectures Workshops Online Discussion Forum

06. Justify and interpret expert, professional practice knowledge of the ethical and legal requirements governing health information, medical/health records, health information systems and technologies, and health ICT systems, to inform the provision of specialist advice, consultation and education to managerial, clinical and non-clinical staff concerning their individual and organisational responsibilities relating to health information and related infrastructures.

Lectures Workshops Online Discussion Forum

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKerin Robinson

Class requirements

WorkShopWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
one 2,000-word individual assignment2501, 02, 03, 04
one 20-min individual online quiz (equivalent to 350 words each)501, 02, 03
one 20-minute team presentation (equivalent to 750 words each1002, 03, 04, 05
one 2-hour written examination6001, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06