phe3lmh law




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will learn about ethics, law and management in the Australian context, and how they will influence, or be the focus of, their practice as health professionals. An understanding of ethics, law and management pertaining to the fields of health care and public health is important for students studying in diverse professional areas including health promotion, public health, allied health, paramedicine, nursing, dentistry, occupational health and environmental health. Using contemporary resource materials, case studies and online peer to peer discussions, students will develop an understanding of fundamental concepts in the fields of ethics, law and management; gain experience in researching and discussing ethical, legal and managerial aspects of their practice as health professionals; and acquire basic skills in fundamental areas of management and in applying ethical principles.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSally Fawkes

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEthics and law for the health professions 4th ednPrescribedKerridge, I., Lowe, M. and Stewart, C (2013)THE FEDERATION PRESS, SYDNEY
ReadingsManagement in the Australian health care industry. 3rd ednRecommendedClinton, M (2004)PEARSON EDUCATION, FRENCHS FOREST
ReadingsThe frontline leader. Developing effective leadership skillsRecommendedThe Frontline Leader (2009)TILDE UNIVERSITY PRESS, PRAHRAN
ReadingsManaging Health Services:Concepts and Practice 2nd ednRecommendedMary G Harris and Associates (2002)SHAPE AND AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE OF HEALTH SERVICES EXECUTIVES
ReadingsPublic Health Practice in Australia: The organised effortRecommendedLin V., Smith J and Fawkes S (2007)CROWS NEST: ALLEN & UNWIN AUSTRALIA
ReadingsLeading and Managing Health Services an Australian perspective.PrescribedG. E. Day & S. G. Leggat (Eds.) (2016)Port Melbourne: Cambridge University Press

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critically discuss how law is made in Australia, and how major laws and regulations guide health care and public health practice

Reading and watching online materials; independent online study; analysis of a contemporary legal issue in health

02. Critically examine the roles of a variety of policy makers, governing bodies, organisations, organisational leaders, managers and teams in the health sector

Reading and watching online resources; independent online study; media analysis

03. Explain and assess the nature, role and effectiveness of management practices and processes operating in the health system, such as quality and change management, and argue the case for improvements

Reading and watching online resources; independent online study; design of a change management strategy for an organisation

04. Identify, apply and discuss ethical principles and theories and form views on ethical issues in professional practice

Reading and watching online materials; independent online study; analysis of a case study

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2019, Semester 2, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSally Fawkes

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 31 - 43
Eleven 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"Weekly activities include: readings and video content; answering questions related to set readings, newspaper articles or video material; generating content from set readings; discussing content with peers in online fora; posting and discussing opinions on issues; and online quizzes."


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Design a change management strategy for an organisation (equivalent to 1,500-words)3002, 03
Present a case study of an ethics issue in a 5-10 minute video (equivalent to 1,000-words)4004
Prepare a brief response to a choice of 3 of 4 legal issues (500-words each, total 1,500-words)3001