What You Get
Approved: NCCAOM (4), Standard Certificate (4) Pending: California [Upon Request]*
LENGTH 4 Hours
Course TYPE Studio Recording
ACCESS Mobile, Desktop, Tablet
NOTES Notes are provided with this course.
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.
  • 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
  • Outline
    0 hrs - 1.5 hrs

    Ethical and legal implications of informed consent, health literacy, patient vulnerability, the process of providing relevant information to obtain informed consent; limitations of consent forms; legal capacity; High court rulings

    1.5 hrs - 2 hrs

    Explanation of privacy and confidentiality issues, appropriate and inappropriate disclosure with examples, data security and data retention requirements

    2 hrs - 2.5 hrs

    Diversity in our community, its social ramifications, the need to support those communities. Adult domestic violence and reporting responsibilities. Child physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Our reporting responsibilities and protections

    2.5 hrs - 3 hrs

    Recommendations for health record keeping. The value of good record keeping to the practitioner, specific requirements, translated records, the intake form, records for initial consultation vs follow-ups, and tax invoice and accounting records

    3 hrs - 3.25 hrs

    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.

    3.25 hrs - 3.75 hrs

    Issues relating to the toxicity of some herbs and how traditional preparation methods reduce the toxicity: Ma Huang, Zhi Fu Zi, and herbs containing amygdalin: Xing Ren, Tao Ren, Yu Li Ren. Restrictions and actual risks and safeguards.

    3.75 hrs - 4 hrs

    Advice on how to manage a complaint made against you effectively and professionally, and how to use the experience to improve your practice

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    About Robin Marchment

    Robin Marchment BA (Hons), BHSc (Acup), Adv Dip HS (TCM), Cert Gyn (China), Dip Lang (Chinese) Robin is a registered herbalist and acupuncturist, having completed internships at Chinese hospitals in Guangxi and Xi’An where her focus was on gynaecology. She has over 20 years’ clinical experience, running a private practice that centres on women’s and children’s health and attendance in childbirth. She has lectured in Chinese medicine at major Australian universities and colleges, and worked in various capacities for Australian government authorities in the regulatory area of health practice and Chinese medicine. She is the author of Gynaecology Revisited, a text addressing the need for Chinese medicine practitioners to better understand Western medical approaches to gynaecology and obstetrics whilst maintaining the integrity of the Chinese medicine paradigm. She also authored Chinese for TCM Practitioners and co-authored Shang Han Lun Explained, which is a translation and discussion of the seminal text on Chinese medicine written by Zhang Zhong Jing in the 2nd century AD. Robin is passionate about supporting women through every phase of life, sharing her advanced knowledge and clinical experience in the field of Chinese medicine, and advocating for the profession.

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