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Introduction to Health and Medical Law

Explore important health law fundamentals, including ethics, record keeping, workplace safety, and malpractice.

Introduction to Health and Medical Law

Understand and apply core health and medical law concepts

A working knowledge of medical law is essential for every health professional, support staff member, and legal practitioner interested in taking on health law cases.

This four-week course will give you a good introduction to the legal rights and responsibilities of healthcare practitioners, and of their patients and clients.

Get a firm grasp on important medical law fundamentals

The course is divided into four easily accessible modules, which lay out the material clearly and make it simple to understand.

You’ll learn about health professionals’ regulations and requirements, patients’ privacy laws, the processes involved in medical malpractice, and the health and safety legal rights and responsibilities of the working health professional.

Learn health law in an environment that suits all students

Healthcare and legal practitioners alike will benefit from this course, and the flexible structure of online learning combined with excellent support from the College of Law make it ideal for busy working professionals. The subjects are all presented by leaders in the field and will engage you from the moment you start.

With this course, you’ll be able to take your legal or healthcare role to the next level. If you’re looking to advance in your profession, and reap all the rewards that come with that, this is perfect for you

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Introduction to Law for Health Professionals

    • Getting started

      Meet our educators and see what this course has to offer.

    • Health Law Basics

      How does the law apply to healthcare and healthcare workers?

    • Registration and regulation of health professionals

      What are the requirements for registration, and who are the bodies that oversee regulation of the industry in Australia and across the world?

    • Law and ethics

      Explore ethical considerations for health professionals

    • Weekly feedback from the educators

      See James and Raphael's feedback on various issues and questions that have arisen from discussions throughout the week.

  • Week 2

    Privacy laws in healthcare

    • Privacy and Confidentiality

      Gain a firm understanding of your data privacy responsibilities under the law.

    • Health data governance

      Explore the process of managing the availability, usability, integrity and security of the data in enterprise systems.

    • Legal action relating to privacy and confidentiality

      Understand how legal action may be relevant to a health professional

    • Feedback from the educators

      Let's review what we've studied this week

  • Week 3

    Medical malpractice

    • Medical malpractice

      What is the definition of malpractice and how is it measured and applied in court?

    • Intentional torts

      How to respond to incidents of intentional abuse or harm within a healthcare context

    • Medical litigation

      Let's go to court!

    • Feedback from the educators

      See James and Raphael's feedback on various issues and questions that have arisen from discussions throughout the week.

  • Week 4

    Health and safety for health professionals

    • Workplace health and safety

      Understand the workplace health and safety legal duties concerning health professionals.

    • Well-being and mental health for health professionals

      Mental health problems are common within health professions, what are the legal frameworks to deal with this and ensure issues are diagnosed and supported effectively.

    • Resilience for health professionals

      How can we build resilience for health professionals?

    • Wrapping up

      Look back at our 4 weeks of learning and complete the final quiz and reflection.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Introduce the fundamental concepts and frameworks of health law with clear examples.
  • Focus on the importance of accurate records, patient confidentiality and the impact of medical negligence.
  • Provide an increased focus on ethical issues.
  • Outline the obligations and responsibilities in relation to various health law legislation in certain jurisdictions.
  • Highlight contemporary issues around National Registration requirements for health professionals.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone with an interest in medical and health law. Legal professionals and graduates, along with non-lawyer health professionals, medical receptionists, and other healthcare personnel will all find it beneficial.

Who will you learn with?

James is the Director of Programs at the College of Law Asia. He is admitted to practice law in Australia (NSW) and New Zealand. His qualifications include BA, LLB, MA(Hons) and LLM(Hons).

Who developed the course?

College of Law

The College of Law has been at the forefront of practical legal education since 1974. More than 60,000 of our graduates work across all facets of the industry – and we’re one of the most trusted names in legal training in Australia and New Zealand.

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