Health Law

10 Units

Students develop and apply advanced research, critical thinking and problem solving skills to legal and policy topics relevant to the delivery of health care and the conduct of biomedical research. Key topics include: legal foundations of the health care system; negligence and patient safety; consent to health care; privacy and confidentiality of health information; genetics; human reproductive technologies; public health, including infectious and chronic disease control; allocation of health care resources; research involving human participants; decision-making at the end of life. The course focuses on the contemporary Australian context and incorporates international comparative material.

Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
School Newcastle Law School
Availability Semester 1 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply specialist legal knowledge and advanced critical thinking skills to a range of health law and policy problems.
  2. Conduct independent and advanced research on health law and policy problems using primary and secondary research resources.
  3. Compare and contrast different legal and policy approaches to addressing health law and policy problems.
  4. Critique and justify options for law reform to address controversial areas in health law and policy.
  5. Communicate effectively in writing and orally in a manner consistent with conventions of the legal discipline.

The topics covered in this course include:

  1. Legal foundations of health care systems
  2. Regulation of health practitioners
  3. Health care liability, negligence and patient safety
  4. Consent to treatment
  5. Confidentiality, privacy and access to health information and records
  6. Mental Health Law
  7. Law and public health
  8. Legal regulation of reproduction and new reproductive technologies
  9. Law and genetics
  10. Governance of health research
  11. End-of-life decisions and legal regulation of assisted dying.
  • This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice or Master of Laws programs.
Assumed Knowledge For JD/GradDiploma in Legal Studies students LAWS6001, LAWS6002A, LAWS6002B, LAWS6003A, LAWS6003B, LAWS6004A, LAWS6004B, LAWS6005.
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Written assessment
  • In Term Test: Take home exam
  • Participation: Glass Participation

Contact Hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for LAWS6090
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