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Gold Coast Session 1 Session 1

Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

8

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Strengthens students' knowledge of accountability issues for health professional practice and expands discipline-specific and inter-professional clinical reasoning. The unit addresses issues such as ethics and law in health practice and business, advocacy, human rights and health, capacity building, ethical reasoning and research ethics. Advanced clinical reasoning skills and contexts are also explored.

Unit content

  • Autonomous practice: Nature, responsibilities and limitations.
  • Human rights principles, advocacy and health.
  • Role and requirements of an expert witness and implications for health professionals
  • Health professionals influencing policy development.
  • Ethics and law in health practice and business.
  • Accountability in service delivery settings and accountability systems external to the profession.
  • Capacity building initiatives and globalisation
  • Ethical reasoning and research ethics.
  • Clinical decision making around selection of intervention targets. 
  • Meta-awareness skills in relation to clinical reasoning in novel and complex situations.
  • Advanced clinical reasoning for different client profiles.
  • Inter-professional issues with respect to various scenarios.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Apply principles and explain implications of autonomous practice
2 Critique the application of human rights principles to health professional practice
3 Evaluate the expectations and responsibilities of being an expert, in regards to both policy development and the legal system
4 Interpret accountability in service delivery settings and accountability systems external to the profession
5 Critically discuss clinical decision making and illustrate how meta-awareness skills can assist clinical reasoning in novel and complex situations
6 Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning skills in relation to inter-professional practice by managing complex case studies
7 Explain how clinical reasoning and accountability interrelate in person centred care

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Apply principles and explain implications of autonomous practice
    • GA3:
  2. Critique the application of human rights principles to health professional practice
    • GA1:
  3. Evaluate the expectations and responsibilities of being an expert, in regards to both policy development and the legal system
    • GA3:
    • GA6:
  4. Interpret accountability in service delivery settings and accountability systems external to the profession
    • GA3:
    • GA6:
  5. Critically discuss clinical decision making and illustrate how meta-awareness skills can assist clinical reasoning in novel and complex situations
    • GA3:
  6. Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning skills in relation to inter-professional practice by managing complex case studies
    • GA2:
    • GA6:
  7. Explain how clinical reasoning and accountability interrelate in person centred care
    • GA3:

Prescribed texts

  • Freegard H and Isted L (ed.), 2012, Ethical Practice for Health Professionals, 2nd edn, Cengage Learning Australia Pty Ltd, South Melbourne, Australia. ISBN: 9780170220439.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.