• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

To provide an updated guide to the ethical, common law and statutory obligations of health care providers, particularly in the ACT and an understanding of the major contemporary areas of controversy involving bioethics, public health law and medicine in the context of pressures created by corporate globalization.

The main emphasis will be on a practical approach to issues such as : the constitutional basis of Australian health law, virtue and principle-based approaches to the doctor-patient relationship, the basic law of doctor and patient, consent, disclosure of material risk (including recent high court decisions), confidentiality and access to medical records, misconduct and complaint proceedings, negligence in diagnosis and treatment and the withdrawal, withholding and refusal of medical treatment.

The course will also discuss legal issues involved with euthanasia, wrongful birth and wrongful life actions, abortions, the new reproductive technologies, gene therapy, genetic screening, human reproductive cloning, DNA forensic data bases, managed care and human medical research and will provide selected references for any subsequent research in these areas.

One particular area of focus will be the impact of international trade agreements on access to medicines in Australia, including the influence of the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement (‘AUSFTA') on the cost-effectiveness mechanisms utilized under Australia's Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (‘PBS').

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Detailed knowledge of ACT health Law

Detailed knowledge of Australian and international health law

Capacity to calibrate health law against norms of bioethics and international human rights

Other Information

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Indicative Assessment

Students must rely on the Approved Assessment which will be posted to the Wattle course site prior to the commencement of the course.

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26 Contact Hours (Intensive Delivery over 4 days)

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Requisite and Incompatibility

Co-requisite of LAWS8259 or enrolment in one of the following programs 6300 or 7300 or 7312

Prescribed Texts

Who Owns Our Health: Medical Professionalism, Law and Leadership Beyond the Age of the market State TA Faunce (UNSW Press 2007)

Students will also be required to purchase reading materials from the ANU College of Law

Preliminary Reading

Who Owns our Health TA Faunce (UNSW Press 2007)

Assumed Knowledge

Undergraduate law or health degree


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1626
2014 $2808
2013 $2808
2012 $2808
2011 $2778
2010 $2718
2009 $2670
2008 $2670
2007 $2670
2006 $2646
2005 $2298
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2916
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3426
2008 $3426
2007 $3426
2006 $3426
2005 $3234
2004 $2916
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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