Health and Medical Law is a relatively new and growing discipline in Australia. This subject aims to provide a sound introduction to the law relevant to the health system, the delivery of health services and related scientific and technological developments. There is no one discrete area of law involved. Rather, several different areas of law apply, including torts, contract, discrimination law, criminal law, trade practices, equity, administrative law as well as substantial statutory provisions.
Recommended Prior Knowledge
LAWS1052 Foundations of Law; LAWS1061 Torts; LAWS1001 Criminal Law 1 and LAWS1011 Criminal Law 2
- To provide a sound introduction to the law relevant to the health system, the delivery of health services and related scientific and technological developments
- To develop skills in evaluating the effectiveness of international treaties and domestic legislation that regulate health related areas
- Demonstrate an ability to think critically and to justify ideas in a reasoned manner
- To develop skills in communicating effectively, in speaking and in writing
- To gain an understanding of the possible career paths available for lawyers interested in the field of health and medical law
- To develop the skill to Identify appropriate areas for legal research
- To conduct advanced level legal research and writing
- patient rights (international and domestic)
- medical negligence
- Aboriginal health
- confidentiality and privacy
- access to medical records
- the Human Tissue Act
- HIV/AIDS, genetics
- assisted reproductive technology
- end of life decision-making/euthanasia
- mental health
Class Participation. 30% Class participation will be based on the following criteria: class attendance, preparation for classes (including evidence of reading, analysis and understanding of the prescribed materials) and active engagement in all classes plus a short presentation during the course.
Take Home Assignment. 70%. The assignment will consist of a problem question worth 50% of the mark for the paper and an research essay question worth 50% of the mark for the assignment.
Course materials provided by the Law School.