Health Law

Course code LAWS5013Units 10Level 5000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Law School

LAWS courses are only available to students enrolled in Bachelor of Laws (LAWS) degree programs.

Introduces students to a range of laws governing health issues and policy issues as well as possible new laws which will need to be addressed as scientific knowledge advances. Topics to be considered in detail include consent to treatment, negligence, guardianship, mental health legislation, legal regulation of reproduction, legal regulation of medical research and euthanasia.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2007, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesThe objectives of this course are to promote and develop a critical understanding of:

1. The diverse body of law which regulates both the health industry and individual relationships between health professionals and their clients.
2. The reasons for the many gaps and uncertainties in the law which governs clinical practice.
3. The distinction between the law as written and the realities of everyday clinical practice.
4. The competing policy considerations which must be evaluated and balanced when seeking to reform contentious areas of health law.
ContentThe topics covered in this course are:

1. Consent to treatment
2. Negligent advice and treatment
3. Legal regulation of medically assisted death
4. Confidentiality, privacy and access to medical records
5. Legal regulation of abortion
6. Legal regulation of health services for children
7. Guardianship, mental health and other substantiated decision-making laws
8. Legal regulation of human gene technology
9. Legal responses to people with infectious diseases
10. Legal regulation of organ and tissue transplants
11. Legal regulation of reproduction
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeLAWS1001A, LAWS1001B, LAWS1002A, LAWS1002B, LAWS2003A, LAWS2003B, LAWS3004A, LAWS3004B, LAWS3005.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAn assignment
Examination: Formal3 hour open book examination
Contact HoursLecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws and associated combined degree programs or the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for LAWS5013