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GENA824 Ethics in General Practice

Code of practice, medico-legal obligations and practical ethical conundrums in general practice.

Aimed at any health practitioner working in general practice - whether urban or rural, doctor, nurse or allied health professionals - we will cover fundamental ethical topics such as autonomy, consent, confidentiality, justice, resource allocation and trust within a case-based approach utilising students' own cases. Our emphasis is on enhancing abilities to make reasoned decisions based on knowledge of ethical theory, lived experience and self-reflection. Initial teaching is consolidated by a two-day residential programme at the start of the paper and a one-day residential later in the semester, both of which can be attended either in-person or via Zoom.

Web-based resources and regular group communication consolidates collegial in-depth learning. Taught from Dunedin.

Paper title Ethics in General Practice
Paper code GENA824
Subject General Practice
EFTS 0.125
Points 15 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,509.38
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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GENX 824
Limited to
Suitable for health professionals from a range of disciplines.
Teaching staff

Dr Katherine Hall

Paper Structure

This is a case-based paper that encourages self-directed learning and the ability to reason ethically.

Initial teaching at the first residential is followed with regular group teaching via Zoom.

Teaching Arrangements

This Distance Learning paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching. There is one compulsory two-day residential at the start of the semester and an optional one-day residential during the semester, both of which can be attended either in-person or via Zoom.

The paper uses the online teaching platform Moodle and requires students to have access to a computer with Internet access. Students are required to participate in online activities such as blogging and audioconferences.

Rogers W and Braunack-Mayer A. Practical Ethics for General Practice 2nd ed. 2009. Oxford University Press: Oxford.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will have
  • An improved understanding of key approaches to ethical reasoning
  • The ability to apply ethical theories to ethical dilemmas in general practice
  • Better understanding of the relationship between ethical values and medico-legal obligations

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system