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PMC3000 Ethics, Law and Culture for Healthcare Professionals

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Medical Sciences
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


Pre-requisite: PMC1101
OR (from 2023)
Pre-requisite: PMC1101 and PMC1110 and PMC2211 and Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BPSC


PMC3000 addresses key principles of healthcare in relation to providing ethical, legal and culturally appropriate care. Paramedic practice presents some unique challenges to providing appropriate patient-centred care. Making ethical decisions that demonstrate an understanding of the law and are culturally appropriate are fundamental to the role of a paramedic. Content in this course builds on foundational clinical reasoning to achieve improved patient outcomes in clinical practice.

This course will contextualise how ethics, laws and culture impact on contemporary paramedic practice. The evolution of healthcare from a paramedic practice perspective will be examined. An understanding of bioethics and how ethical decisions can be made within healthcare will be explored. Students will have the opportunity to develop their understanding of the legal responsibilities associated with providing care. Students will further develop their understanding of caring for vulnerable populations. Students will examine relevant codes of conduct, competency standards and professional registration. This course also focuses on cultural safety with an emphasis on the importance of cultural awareness and respect, in the delivery of healthcare to individuals and communities.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 On-campus Ipswich
Date printed 10 February 2023