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Consent to Treatment

Speciality Classification
Nurses and Midwives

Course Overview

All healthcare professionals and staff require precise knowledge of valid consent in order to provide appropriate care to clients, patients or residents. A failure to respect a person’s right to consent can lead to serious legal and moral consequences.


  • What constitutes valid consent?
  • How can consent be given?
  • What criteria must a person meet in order to provide consent?
  • When can children consent to treatment?


Informed consent is fundamental to safe healthcare practices as it considers the patient’s right to exercise autonomous decision-making in their own care. Without appropriate informed consent, a healthcare professional or member of staff risks being implicated in situations that may have potentially severe legal and health ramifications.

Reinforcing existing knowledge and gaining new knowledge of what informed consent is and what criteria a person must meet to provide consent is essential if nurses and other health professionals are to practice in a manner that protects the public.


The purpose of this Course is to enhance knowledge of valid consent to ensure people’s rights are acknowledged while being cared for by a healthcare professional or staff member.

Learning Outcomes

  • Provide people in your care with sufficient information to be able to make an informed decision about their consent to treatment.
  • Recognise that best-practice acknowledges the partnership role people in your care have in consenting to treatment.

Target Audience

This Course is relevant to all registered healthcare professionals and unregistered care staff who require consent from a person in their care.


No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.


Linda Starr

Dr Linda Starr has undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in general, mental health nursing, law, education and a PhD in legal issues in elder abuse. Linda has extensive experience as an RN in metropolitan and rural locations, in general nursing, mental health, forensic health, aged care and management. She has held senior positions in academia, including the dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Linda has publications in health law and forensic health issues. Linda is an associate professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University and a consultant educator in health law and ethics for nurses, midwives and carers. She is chair of the SA Board of Nursing and Midwifery, fellow of the College of Nursing Australia, foundation president of the Australian Forensic Nurses Association, member on the School of Health Academic Advisory Board for Open Colleges and the international member on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Forensic Nursing.

Consent to Treatment
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Business of General Practice, Legal
Provider Type
Non Profit Organisation
CPD Points
1 hour of CPD
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