Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides an introduction to core topics and debates in the study of health law and regulation in Australia. It adopts a framework-approach to analysing the relationship between law and health, taking account of ethical, social, cultural, political and rights-based contexts. Topics covered include the regulatory framework of the Australian health system; regulating health professionals; regulating patient safety and redress; consent to, and refusal of, medical treatment; substituted decision-making, medical negligence; and confidentiality, privacy and access to information. Additional topics to be covered may include law and reproduction and law at the end of life.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMarc Trabsky

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesClass discussion, research paper and take home examination

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites LAW5PMI or LAW5LRE or permission of the Law School Director of Postgraduate (Coursework) Programs


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Health Law: Frameworks and Context

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorAnne-Maree Farrell, John Devereux, Isabel Karpin, Penelope Weller



PublisherCambridge University Press


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrate a high level understanding of, and capacity to critically evaluate, key frameworks influencing the relationship between law and health
02. Demonstrate an understanding of, and be able to critically evaluate, the ethical, social, and political contexts which influence the relationship between law and health
03. Explain and critique case law and regulation impacting the Australian health system, including the relationship between patients and health professionals in the areas studied in the subject.
04. Demonstrate an understanding, and be able to critically evaluate, key debates impacting the relationship between patients and health professionals, in the areas studied in the subject

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMarc Trabsky

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Research Essay (4000 words)

N/AOtherIndividualNo60 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Problem Solving Exercise (1500 word equivalent)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4