Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedBairnsdale Second semester 2012 (Day)
Berwick Second semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2012 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)TBA (Berwick),TBA (Gippsland) and Dr.Debra Griffiths (Peninsula)


The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the legal system including the processes and institutions that impact on professional practice. Students will identify the law as it relates to the delivery of health services including professional standards and regulation, complaint mechanisms and relevant legal forums including the coroner's court. Students will be encouraged to explore the health professional's relationship and obligations owed to patients, patient families and professional colleagues in the various health care environments.


On completion of this unit students are expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of common law and statute law pertinent to health professional practice;
  2. Explain why the study of health law is an essential aspect of professional practice;
  3. Demonstrate an awareness of the legal implications of actions taken in professional practice;
  4. Analyse the legal implications of the health care professional's relationship with clients, their families and other health care providers;
  5. Identify strategies, which may provide assistance in resolving legal issues that arise in the various domains of the health professional; and
  6. Discuss the significance of registration of professionals in the health care environment; and
  7. Critically reflect on own values about health illness, dying and death affects professional responses and interactions with others


Written assignment (Legal scenario 2000 - 2500 words): 40%
On-line (WebCT) Quizzes (2 x 10-15 minutes each) 10%
Exam: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Debra Griffiths

Contact hours

Lectures two (2) hours per week, Tutorial one (1) hour per week


Only available to students enrolled in: Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing/ Bachelor of Emergency Health (Paramedic), Bachelor of Nursing Practice, Bachelor of Nursing Practice/Bachelor of Midwifery, Bachelor of Nursing Community Health, or Diploma of FoundationTertiary Studies