A paramedic registered in Australia must be professional and ethical and must practice with professional autonomy and accountability within current medico-legal frameworks. This unit will introduce students to the ethical and professional attributes which underpin good paramedic practice. By engaging in problem-based learning, students will form and understanding of the four key bioethical principles of non-maleficence, beneficence, respect for autonomy and justice, and navigate ethical dilemmas by applying an ethical decision-making framework. Students will develop knowledge and understanding about important health care themes such as ethical theories; professional skills such as communication, leadership, teamwork, decision making and situational awareness; consent and advocacy; torts, negligence and duty of care; end-of-life care; working with vulnerable patients; ethical and legal use of medicines; and privacy, confidentiality and record keeping.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):