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Legal issues for registered nurses

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About the CPD short course

This short course is conducted over one day and is equivalent to 7 continuing professional development (CPD) hours. Please note that this program is subject to change.

Who should attend?

Understanding the legal implications in their role is a challenge faced by many nurses. This short course is designed to enhance nurses’ knowledge of the Australian legal system and how it relates to their work.

Dates and locations

We are currently finalising our calendar of CPD short courses for the first half of 2017. If you would like to be informed when dates are announced, you can register for email notifications

If you would like to tell us which courses you would like to see in your area, please click here to complete a short survey.



RN member $187.50 RN non-member $219.50 

Key learning outcomes

On completion participants will be better able to:

  • understand the Australian legal system and its implications for nursing practice
  • identify the responsibilities associated with delegation and supervision within the scope of nursing practice
  • discuss ethical and legal implications associated with the Guardianship Act and administrative legislation
  • review the obligations under national law for mandatory reporting of notifiable conduct issues against registered health practitioners.

Program outline


Registration and welcome


The Australian legal system and its implications for nursing practice

  • overview
  • criminal law
  • civil law (including the law of negligence)


Morning tea 


Supervision and delegation in nursing practice

  • Professional conduct issues
    • the HCCC
    • complaints
    • courts and tribunals




Substitute decision making and guardianship 

  • persons responsible, substitute decision makers and guardians
  • the Guardianship Act
  • the Guardianship Tribunal


Afternoon tea


Mandatory reporting, notifiable conduct


Discussion: “thinking legally, practising mindfully”


Evaluation and finish