Analyse the following hypothetical case in relation to the five learning outcomes. The case relates to a psychologist and the law is relevant across health and disability occupations.
A registered psychologist provided couple’s therapy to clients A (a woman) and B (a man). The clients were counselled separately and together for their relationship issues.
The psychologist developed an individual, social and personal relationship with B. The final straw was when A discovered the psychologist had gone to dinner with B. A filed a complaint with the Health and Disability Commissioner.
The psychologist expressed her resentment of the complaint by sending the following e-mail to A: “You are crazy. You are ruining my career. The complaint is exactly why your husband doesn’t want to be with you. There is no hope for your marriage.”
Analyse the legal implications for the registered psychologist through the learning outcomes.
1. Demonstrate understanding of legal institutions and processes in health care (500 words). Netsafe, Health and Disability Commissioner, Human Rights Review Tribunal and Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal may be relevant.
2. Analyse the role of civil and criminal law on health care policy and practice (500 words). Demonstrate knowledge of the distinction between civil and criminal law (burden of proof and standard of proof). Examine whether there are potential criminal law implications pursuant to the Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015.
3. Critique cases or legislation related to consumers’ rights based on scholarly research (500 words). Discuss how the law (not the psychologist’s conduct) could be improved for consumers, citing research.
4. Examine the implications of case law and legislation for your current or future health care practice (500 words). Focus on implications of the Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015 for your occupation in detail.
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State what your occupation is (oral hygienist). State whether that is a registered or unregistered occupation. Explain the specific legal lessons learned by applying the case to your future practice. If you are becoming a registered practitioner, the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal may be relevant.