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LAW3467 Health Law

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Law and Justice
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 22 March 2023


Pre-requisite: LAW1111 and (LAW1124 or LAW1126)


Health law represents a body of law that regulates health care and health related activities. This is a dynamic skills based course that builds on earlier law courses like torts, criminal law and contract law. The primary objective of this course is the development of future legal professionals who can effectively undertake cross disciplinary research with confidence, and evaluate and apply underlying legal and ethical principles of health law. Topics include the statutory regulation of health care in Australia; ethics and professionalism in health care; confidentiality and ownership of medical records; privacy and health information; consent to medical treatment; medical negligence; abortion; reproductive technology; surrogacy; euthanasia; living will legislation; human tissue and organ transplantation; and complaints against health care professionals.

Contemporary developments in health knowledge and care have captured the attention and imagination of most Australians. More headlines appear to be devoted to health in the popular media than any other single area. Increased public awareness has also occurred in terms of the legal rights of those who access the health care system and the responsibility of health professions. Health law has become a distinct and important area of legal practice both internationally and locally. It is a dynamic, interdisciplinary expanding field recognised by universities as a distinct area of study and research. The study of health law requires an open mindedness and professional attitude because of the sometimes deeply controversial and emotional nature of the topics covered. Everyone has views about the role of the law in terms of regulating health care because we are all the potentially affected. As such, this course encourages students to research, critically analyse and appreciate the often contradictory perspectives that emerge from the topics. Students will learn how to problem solve in an area that is vulnerable to sometimes unsatisfactory resolutions.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Interim Trimester 2, 2023 Online
Date printed 22 March 2023