In this course, you will analyse the advanced applications of bioethical, common law, statutory and international law and trade obligations upon health care systems, patients, health care providers, administrators and policy makers in both Australian and global context. The course utilises illustrative references to medical humanities including literature and philosophy
In this course you will develop your knowledge and understanding of major contemporary areas of controversy in Australian and global bioethics and health law, such as:
1. Constitutional basis of Australian health law (including the quarantine power and the civil conscription prohibition for medical services)
2. Ethical, legal and human rights basis of the doctor-patient relationship
3. Negligence in diagnosis and treatment including non-disclosure of material risk (through analysis of recent high court decisions)
4. Confidentiality and access to medical records
5. Misconduct and complaint proceedings,
6. Withdrawal, withholding and refusal of medical treatment, Euthanasia, ,
7. Abortion, wrongful birth and wrongful life actions and new reproductive technologies (surrogacy, artificial womb), gene therapy, genetic screening, human reproductive cloning
8. Health care whistleblowing
9.Pubic v Private policy debate in health care- insurance, Medicare , Pharmaceutical benefits Scheme, US-style managed care
10. World Health Organisation International Health Regulations (for pandemics)
11. Regulation of human medical research
12. Impact of international trade agreements on access to health services and medicines in Australia (focus on AUSFTA and TPPA)
13 Issues concerning vulnerable populations- Third World, Aboriginal, Transgender and Intersex issues
14. Regulation of Planetary Medicine including Global Artificial Photosynthesis
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Explain, distinguish and evaluate their conceptual understanding of the legal and practical issues that are peculiar to Australian health law, in particular ACT health law and international health law;
- Identify, critically analyse and apply legal principles of bioethics and health law and legislation to complex legal issues and problems arising in the practice of healthcare by health care providers;
- Identify, critically examine and analyse complex health and bioethics issues to identify and apply principles and provide solutions to manage complex matters arising in healthcare for patients, health policy and society; and
- Independently plan and execute a research project to demonstrate complex legal research principles and methodologies in applying critical analysis and application of legal principles and practice in complex health and bioethics matters.
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- Research Paper (80) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Lead an online discussion of a question (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Respond to an online discussion (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 26 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours. Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week.
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