Professional Issues in Practice - Course 1

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Course Overview

This course addresses the principles of Informed Consent, Confidentiality and Cultural sensitivity; the value of good health records and good labelling practices. It will explain not only what you have to do but the reasons behind those requirements. Failing to provide adequate information may lay a practitioner open to a charge of battery or negligence, even if the treatment was performed competently. The ethical and legal implications of Informed Consent are complex and high court rulings are discussed. What are the circumstances that allow disclosure of information given in clinical confidence or even mandate it? Just how safe are toxic herbs and what are the risks and safeguards? How to manage a complaint made against you.


Part 1 covers Informed consent. Topics include: Professional ethics and legal implications relating to informed consent; Health literacy and patient vulnerability; Common language obligations; The process of providing information to obtain informed consent; Consent forms; Legal capacity; High court rulings.


Part 2 covers Privacy and security. Topics include: Privacy and confidentiality; Appropriate and inappropriate disclosure; Data security and retention.


Part 3 covers Social and cultural sensitivity. Topics include: Diversity in our community; Reporting on domestic violence of adults; Reporting on domestic violence and child abuse.


Part 4 covers Health records and invoicing. Topics include: The value of good record-keeping; Specific requirements; Translated records; Intake form; Records for initial consultation vs follow-ups; Tax invoice and accounting records.


Part 5 covers Herb labelling and adverse event reporting. Topics include: Problems and complaints that have occurred; Guidelines for the safe practice of Chinese herbal medicine; Nomenclature; Patient advice and information; Patient records; Prescriptions and labels; Adverse event reporting.


Part 6 covers Toxic herbs. Topics include: Toxic herbs and their safety in the hands of a registered practitioner properly trained in Chinese herbal medicine: Ma Huang, Zhi Fu Zi, and herbs containing amygdalin: Xing Ren, Tao Ren, Yu Li Ren; History of submissions, reasons for restrictions, actual risks and safeguards.


Part 7 covers Managing a complaint: what to do when a complaint is made against you.


Course Objectives

  • Understand the ethical and legal implications of informed consent, the issues of health literacy and patient vulnerability. Understand when disclosure of confidential information is inappropriate and when it is appropriate or even mandatory

  • Be aware of community diversity. Learn to recognise signs of adult domestic violence and abuse, including emotional abuse, and the emotional and sexual abuse and neglect of children. Understand the different reporting responsibilities

  • Learn the value of keeping good health records, what information should be included on the intake form, the initial consultation record, and follow up records. Understand what needs to be included on herb labels and patient information sheets

  • Understand the toxicity of some herbs. Learn the risks and how traditional preparation methods reduce the toxicity

  • Understand how best to manage a complaint if one is made against you


Access Period: Lifetime

Course Notes: Notes are provided with this course.

Provider: CPD Cert

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