What are the Patient/Client Rights?

All patients/clients have a right to free and informed consent. Students must always ask a patient/client for their consent to see them, talk with them, undertake a physical examination, access their patient/client notes or be involved in their care. You must ensure the patient/client knows that you are a student.

While most patient/clients are generous and allow students to interact with them, some patients/clients may decline consent. It is expected that students will respect this decision.

It is an expectation that all students obtaining consent are familiar with the process and are aware of particular circumstances which influence the provision of informed consent. These include the patient's culture, language barriers or impact of medical or psychiatric illness. Students should review their course notes for specific guidance or discuss the relevant issues with their Course Coordinator or placement supervisor.

Patient information is confidential. Students should not identify a patient in any documentation or assignments. Any form of copying or photographing of patient information is not permitted. Verification that the work applies to an actual person and that the material submitted is the student's own work may be required. Each Health Facility will have a policy about the process of accessing a patient's record.

Additional Information

MoH Policy Directive:Student Training and Rights of Patients Document Number: PD2005_548) http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/policies/pd/2005/PD2005_548.html