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GENA824 Ethics in General Practice

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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.

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 Not offered in 2022 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,469.00
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 and Dr Martyn Williamson
Paper Structure
This is a case-based paper that encourages self-directed learning and the ability to reason ethically.

Initial face-to-face teaching at the first residential is followed with regular group teaching via Internet resources.
Teaching Arrangements

This paper uses the online teaching platform Moodle and requires students to have access to a computer with Internet access. There is one compulsory residential at the start of the semester.

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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Not offered in 2022

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