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What does it mean to act with academic integrity as a student health practitioner This question I struggled with I had many questions when I began foundations for professional health practice As the course progressed my many questions were answered and I was taught why acting with academic integrity was so important and how to be an effective health care professionalAcademic integrity has many components However my own personal understanding of it is that if you use someone elses work you must give credit to them Why do we have to reference I thought that if we only use an authors idea it is technically our own work Referencing and academic integrity was a major aspect of the communication skills learning outcome To be an effective health professional you must be able to communicate your ideas to your peers and clients I can communicate effectively but foundations enabled me to eliminate my weaknesses in referencing Having classes on referencing was also a wonderful experience because it always lost me marks in assignments and I was glad to learn how to do it properly In our student code of conduct it is our responsibility to ensure that we reference correctly I understand the importance of referencing more now When an author publishes their work they trust that if we use it we will honour them but it is also our responsibility as student practitioners to maintain this respect Without this code academic writing will become invalid After reflecting on how hard I worked on my essay I now understand why academic integrity is so important I would feel cheated if someone used my ideas and presented them as their own The learning outcomes which were the most interesting were learning about Australian and international health systems and the key elements of ethics in a health context They are important because it helps understand the nature of our professions better When reflecting I tried to determine why
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