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 First semester 2012 (Day)
Berwick First semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2012 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)TBA (Berwick), Dr Sonia Allen (Gippsland), Dr Grace Stankiewicz (Peninsula)


This unit builds upon the epidemiology of aging populations, pandemics, and sociology introduced in the first year of the course. The context of health services on determining emerging practice for health professionals is explored. Students are introduced to issues of management in healthcare, care planning, discharge planning and global health care considerations. Issues with reference to: patients' rights, ethical theories and principles, and ethical reasoning are explored as applied to clinical situations where, moral obligation, moral responsibility, moral distress and ethical dilemmas are likely to arise. Critical thinking skills will be developed.


On completion of this unit the student will be able to:

  1. discuss the Australian Healthcare context and the influences driving change;
  2. describe the challenges faced by state and federal government related to large scale emergencies requiring immediate medical care;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of health management as it applies to risk management in clinical practice;
  4. apply principles of health management to the clinical practice;
  5. discuss the application of ethical principles to clinical issues related to privacy, consent and advocacy, veracity, trust, limits of care and moral responsibility;
  6. describe the ethical issues that arise in relation to commencing and terminating nurse-patient relationships; and
  7. compare and contrast the various theoretical approaches to ethical reasoning in the context of ethical and clinical decision making.


Written assignment (3000 words): 50%
On-line quiz (20 minutes): 30%
Group presentation (1,000 words): 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Sonia Allen

Contact hours

Three (3) hours lectures per week supported with one (1) hour of online guided learning activities per week for 10 weeks.


Only available to students enrolled in: Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing Community Health, Bachelor of Nursing Practice or Bachelor of Nursing Practice/Bachelor of Midwifery.