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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 (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.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorHannah Robert

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesLectures, group assignments and research essay

Capstone subjectNo

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Learning resources

Health Law: Frameworks and Context

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorAM Farrell J Devereux I Karpin and P Weller



PublisherCambridge University Press


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Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Comprehend and analyse common law principles relevant to the area of medicine
02. Understand legislation relevant to the area of medicine.
03. Contribute to a group presentation and assignment

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