Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
OfferedBairnsdale Second semester 2013 (Day)
Berwick Second semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2013 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2013 (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)

Contact hours

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


Only available to students enrolled in: 0727 Bachelor of Nursing or 2552 Diploma of Tertiary Studies or 3445 Bachelor of Emergency Health (Paramedic) or 3892 Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Emergency Health (Paramedic) or 3953 Bachelor of Nursing Practice and Bachelor of Midwifery or 3963 Bachelor of Nursing Practice
4506 Bachelor of Nursing (Community Health) or 4514 Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Midwifery