HLSC304 - Ethics in Contemporary Practice

10 cp
Prerequisites: Nil
Incompatible: HLSC220
Teaching Organisation: 150 hours of focused learning.

It is a requirement that all healthcare professionals understand ethical concepts and principles. Health care professionals encounter ethical situations and problems in their day-to-day practice. Insightful ethical decision making and problem solving are essential to fostering a caring response to ethical problems. Skills developed in this unit assist students to start building knowledge of ethical theory and practice which should guide their future practice as a health care professional.

This unit provides the opportunity for paramedics to examine the ethical aspects of the complex personal, interpersonal, professional, institutional, and social issues that arise in contemporary health care delivery. Deciding on the appropriate responses to such issues often involves making a choice between competing and compelling positions. Students will evaluate strategies, including the use of ethical theories and principles that can be used to make, and to justify, principled choices in health care delivery. The unit will provide the opportunity to apply a critical thinking approach to ethical issues and influences in paramedic practice and to demonstrate a commitment to professional, ethical and legal standards. This unit will also explore the role of the paramedic in delivering ethical, person-centred, culturally sensitive and globally informed health care.