Health Care Ethics

Health care professionals are required to protect the vulnerability of those persons for whom they care. To ensure the wellbeing of patients or clients, this unit will help you build your understanding of the notions of human dignity and the common good, as well as interpret the notion of ethical integrity.

Key information

Duration: 6 months
Start date: Professional Term 5
Course fee:
Mode: Online, so you can study it anywhere, anytime.

Unit information

Throughout this unit, you will gain an understanding of the principles of harm, benefit, respect for patient autonomy and justice. You’ll also develop your understanding of ethical issues raised by developments in the broader health care context, including professional governance and public health standards. To assist you in this, you will engage in both formal and informal debate on topics of ethical significance, such as those related to beginning and end-of-life decision-making, care of persons with chronic illness and disability, and concerns raised by the conduct of research on human subjects. In doing so, you will gain an understanding of the sources of ethical disagreement that characterise contemporary liberal, multi-cultural and morally-pluralistic societies. The aim of this unit is to enable you to draw upon the concepts and principles learned to ensure high standards of ethical conduct in your future practice.

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