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.

SchoolPsychology and Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJenn Lee

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules


Co-requisitesHIM4PPB OR HIM5PPB

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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.
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).
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 Health Information Management Association of Australia's Graduate Competency Standards and the corresponding requirements of the Australian Computer Society).
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.
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).
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.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJenn Lee

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShopWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 2,000-word individual assignment

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

One 20-min individual online quiz (equivalent to 350 words each)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo5 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

One 20-minute team presentation (equivalent to 750 words each)

N/AOral presentationGroupNo10 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

One 2-hour written examination

N/ACentral examIndividualNo60 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6