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LAWS6058: Information Rights in Health Care

2024 unit information

This unit deals with patients rights to information in the modern health care system. The unit will focus on consent to treatment and will include discussion of capacity the duty of health professionals to disclose the risks of treatment refusal of treatment and emergency health care. The unit will also examine duties of confidentiality in health care ownership of and access to medical records and information rights in medical research. Available as one of the core units for students enrolled in the MHL and GradDipHL in addition to LAWS6252. Further information about this unit is available in the Sydney Law School timetable, unit of study outline and academic staff profile

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:


Code LAWS6058
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
LAWS3452 or LAWS5152
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Understand, summarise, critically evaluate, participate in, challenge and progress the legal and ethical debates concerning confidentiality, information privacy, and consent in health care settings.
  • LO2. Critically evaluate, challenge or commend, and analyse the legal cases and statutes relevant to: the information dynamic between health care professionals and patients; the implications of digital technology for patient privacy; and, the impact of changing models of health care delivery on information flows, including information sharing and breaches.
  • LO3. Critically evaluate and progress current laws, debates, and proposals for reform relevant to confidentiality, health information privacy, and consent.
  • LO4. Clearly and effectively communicate ideas on confidentiality, health information privacy, and consent in both oral and written form, including by describing the individual learning process through the use of metacognitive reflections.

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Intensive May 2024
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Outline unavailable
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Intensive October 2021
Block mode Remote
Intensive April 2023
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Modes of attendance (MoA)

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Important enrolment information

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