Ethical Practice for Health Professionals 1st Edition
Heather Freegard | Jeannine Milsteed | Lyn Isted | Trevor Goddard
ISBN-13: 9780170127370 | ISBN-10: 0170127370
© 2007 | Published |  336  Pages

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Ethical Practice for Health Professionals engages with many of the practical and ongoing challenges health professionals face in regards to human rights, ethics and the law. The text also addresses technical competence with individual human rights.

By exploring the challenges involved in ensuring ethical and legal practice, this text
assists to provide skills and guidelines for making wise decisions such as how to develop a useful and ethical policy; how to resolve ethical dilemmas; how to maintain professional development; and how to deal with difficult clients. This text will engender enthusiasm among students and practitioners for ethical professional practice based on a belief in human rights and guided by strong ethical principles and knowledge of the relevant aspects of the law.

Divided into three fundamental sections this text helps students to develop a range of generic competencies for interpersonal relations and ethical and legal actions in complex and confusing situations.

  • Section One: Foundations for Professional Practice
    1. What is a health profession?
    2. Human rights and health
    3. Ethics in a nutshell
    4. What is law?

    Section Two: Making Ethical Decisions
    5. Making ethical decisions
    6. Regulation of the professions
    7. Professional communication
    8. Setting priorities

    Section Three: Professional Boundaries
    9. Teamwork
    10. Professional boundaries: Mental health
    11. Ethics of research
    12. Technology and ethics
    13. Working in community settings
    14. The health professional and business

    Appendix A - Universal declaration of human rights
    Appendix B - The Nuremberg codes
    Appendix C - Declaration of Helsinki
    Appendix D - Declaration of Alma-Ata
    Appendix E - Ottawa Charter for health promotion
    Appendix F - Jakarta declaration

    • Simple language and a conversational style deliberately used to make the material interesting and accessible to busy students and graduates.
    • Rather than focusing on controversial bioethical issues such as abortion, euthanasia or stem cell research, attention has been drawn to relevant issues that occur in every workplace, such as working in a team, bullying, mental health and stress, working in small communities and resource allocation.
    • Useful websites and self-directed learning activities at the end of each chapter encourage the reader to apply concepts and principles to their own professional experiences.
    • Important seminal documents from the United Nations, World Health Organisation and other key organisations have been included as appendices to enable the reader to easily consult the documents and read the text.
    • Case studies and examples have been drawn from authors personal experiences and set in a wide range of contexts. Only the essences of these experiences are described to highlight the particular point being discussed and to protect the privacy and confidentiality of others. The reader can relocate examples and case studies into other concepts as necessary.
    • The book is divided into three sections: Section One: Introduces foundation concepts for ethical and professional practice; Section Two: Considers ethical and legal challenges that face all health professionals; Section Three: Looks at practical issues that health professionals face when different aspects of health practice or different people clash.
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    • Heather Freegard is a Senior Lecturer and Project Coordinator or the WA Dementia Training Centre, Curtin Centre for Research on Ageing. Her clinical and academic career in occupational therapy has focussed in the areas of gerontology and ethics, especially how people living with dementia and their families are affected by health policy and the delivery of human services. Heather is a past member of Curtin Human Research ethics Committee and the Occupational Therapists Registration Board WA.

      Jeannine Millsteed is an Associate Professor at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia, where she heads the development and delivery of its occupational therapy program. Her distinguished career includes significant contributions in occupational therapy practice, disability policy development and program administration of rehabilitation services. She has been an advisor to the World Health Organization and has represented her profession at the local, national and international levels. She is a Senior Consultant to the State Administrative Tribunal in Western Australia and provides advice on professional misconduct matters brought before it. Her concern for the inequalities in health, locally and globally, are reflected in the activities she undertakes to promote human rights and the provision of services to marginalised groups and communities in rural and remote Australia. Associate Professor Millsteed has published extensively in international journals on these issues.

      Lyn Isted is currently a member of the Carers’ Advisory Council of Western Australia, and an adjunct lecturer at Curtin University and The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle. Lyn worked as an OT in rural and metropolitan services in mental health and physical rehabilitation. Her research involvement has spanned rheumatoid arthritis splinting, evidence based practice, children who care for their parents, and problem based learning (PBL) tutor satisfaction.

      Trevor Goddard lectures in Community and Management Practice and coordinates the Occupational Therapy Abroad program to China at Curtin University of Technology School of Occupational Therapy. A Research Associate with the Centre for Research into Disability and Society, his research focus is on the influence corporations have on the social determinants of health within communities and regions. He has published widely in international and Australian occupational therapy and business journals. Trevor received the 2004 Curtin University Vice Chancellor¿s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2005 OT Australia (WA) Entrepreneur of the Year Award.