Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Medical law is an internationally recognised intellectual discipline and a field of legal practice which is founded on ethical theories, common law doctrines and human rights principles. It spans other areas of law (eg torts, criminal, family and administrative law) and must satisfy social policy developments, principles of governance, regulatory mechanisms and dispute resolution processes. In this subject, medico-legal issues are discussed and evaluated in the context of a range of topics which include: ethical duties, consent to medical treatment (adults and children), legal competence and medical treatment (adults), human reproduction law and technologies, professional liability and medical malpractice, regulation of health professionals and end of life decision-making. Informed analysis of law is promoted by examining the case law and legislation together with group discussion. Students are equipped with skills relevant to policy developments and law reform.

FacultyFaculty of Business, Economics and Law

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLibby Brenton

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites LAW1CRL and LAW2TOT


Incompatible subjects LST22/32HLM

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Current enrolment in Bachelor of Laws and via application only.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsHealth Care & the LawPrescribedMcIlwraith, J. and Madden, B.5TH EDITION, THOMSON LAWBOOK COMPANY, 2010

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City, 2014, Week 48-50, Day


Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorLibby Brenton

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 48 - 49
Five 7.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 48 to week 49 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
one 1,000-word group assignmenteight students per group25
one 3,000-word assignment75