Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The social context of professional paramedicine practice is legally and ethically challenging. This subject offers you an opportunity to consider the founding legal and ethical philosophies and principles which inform and govern practice, as well as regulatory and registration bodies. Drawing on discussion board activities and case studies, you will reflect, debate, evaluate in order to consider the ethical and legal implications of your professional conduct in a clinical practice environment.

SchoolLa Trobe Rural Health School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSusan Furness

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesPHE3COS AND HLT2IEP


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

Learning resources

Applied Paramedic Law, Ethics and Professionalism

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorTownsend R and Luck M



PublisherElsevier Health Sciences


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Paramedic law and regulation in Australia

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorMoritz D, Clarke B, Fellows B et al



PublisherThomson Reuters


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/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. Explain the ethical philosophy and principles which guide professional paramedicine practice
02. Apply relevant health professional ethical decision making models to clinical practice scenarios
03. Analyse how the Australian and Victorian legal system is structured and governed as it relates to interstate and federal jurisdictions
04. Identify and apply relevant sections of Victorian legislation governing paramedic practice to a variety of situations
05. Construct a relationship between professionalism, law and ethics that relate to the role of regulatory and registration bodies and apply this knowledge to a variety of case situations.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSusan Furness

Class requirements

TutorialWeek: 30 - 42
Twelve 2.00 hours tutorial per study period on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.
Students to be divided into 2 separate tutorial groups.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Ethical Case Study (1000 words).  Prepare a response to an ethical case study which includes the application of an appropriately justified decision making to consider an alternate course of action (Week 34)

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2

Legal Case Study (1000 words).  Prepare a response to a legal case study which identifies the relevant legislation governing practice

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO3, SILO4

Professional Practice Case Study (1500 words).  Prepare a response to a professional practice case study with consideration to relevant ethical principles / philosophy, law and regulatory and registration codes of conduct

N/AOtherIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5