• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law, Health

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

This is an intensive course with 4 days of compulsory attendance required (see LLM timetable for dates).
Approximately 6 weeks from the completion of the intensive your final assessment will be due. Contact with fellow students and the convenor, both prior to the intensive and after, is conducted via the Wattle course site.

Indicative Assessment

Students must rely on the Course Study Guide 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)

Preliminary Reading

A Course Study Guide will be available approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.


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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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
2015 $2958
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9720 13 Nov 2017 13 Nov 2017 24 Nov 2017 28 Dec 2017 In Person N/A

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