The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019
Course code

LAWS5013

Units

10 units

Level

5000 level

Course handbook

Description

This course introduces students to key 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; and decision-making at the end of life. The course focuses on the contemporary Australian context and incorporates some international comparative material.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Explain key legal principles relevant to the fields of health law studied in this course, including principles of negligence, consent, privacy and confidentiality, and regulation.

2. Apply legal principles to a range of health law problems.

3. Compare and contrast different legal and policy approaches to addressing health law 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.


Content

The topics covered in this course are: 

  1. Legal and ethical foundations of the Australian health care system
  2. Consent to and refusal of medical treatment
  3. Health care liability, negligence and patient safety
  4. Health care and criminal law
  5. Conception, birth, and reproductive technologies
  6. Mental health law
  7. Regulation of health practitioners
  8. Law and public health
  9. Health care information
  10. Research involving human participants
  11. End of life, right to health care

Requisite

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws and associated combined degree programs or Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs.


Assumed knowledge

LAWS5013Health LawThis course introduces students to key 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; and decision-making at the end of life. The course focuses on the contemporary Australian context and incorporates some international comparative material.FBUSLFaculty of Business and Law341Newcastle Law School1050005980Semester 2 - 2019NCLE_CITYNewcastle City Precinct2019LAWS1001A, LAWS1001B, LAWS1002A, LAWS1002B, LAWS2003A, LAWS2003B, LAWS3004A, LAWS3004B, LAWS3005.The topics covered in this course are: Legal and ethical foundations of the Australian health care systemConsent to and refusal of medical treatmentHealth care liability, negligence and patient safetyHealth care and criminal lawConception, birth, and reproductive technologiesMental health lawRegulation of health practitionersLaw and public healthHealth care informationResearch involving human participantsEnd of life, right to health care NOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:1Explain key legal principles relevant to the fields of health law studied in this course, including principles of negligence, consent, privacy and confidentiality, and regulation.2Apply legal principles to a range of health law problems.3Compare and contrast different legal and policy approaches to addressing health law problems.4Critique and justify options for law reform to address controversial areas in health law and policy.5Communicate effectively in writing and orally in a manner consistent with conventions of the legal discipline. This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws and associated combined degree programs or Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs.Written Assignment: Written AssignmentIn Term Test: Take home examParticipation: Class Participation Newcastle City PrecinctSeminarFace to Face Off Campus3hour(s)per Week for0Full Term0


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

In Term Test: Take home exam

Participation: Class Participation


Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Seminar

Face to Face Off Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term