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LAWS3452: Medical Law

2024 unit information

This unit of study provides an introduction to some of the legal issues that arise in modern health care. Key topics covered in the unit include: consent to medical treatment, professional liability of health professionals and health care institutions, medical negligence, the regulation of reproduction (including termination of pregnancy), and end-of-life decision-making, including assisted dying or "euthanasia". Aspects of the regulation of reproductive technology, and of privacy, confidentiality and access to medical records will also be considered. By the end of the unit, students will have a grounding in legislation and caselaw regulating the provision of health care services, and will also be aware of some of the ethical issues that arise in medical contexts. Student participation in class discussion will be expected.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Law

Code LAWS3452
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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None
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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LAWS5152
Assumed knowledge:
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None

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Analyse and evaluate the substantive content and operation of health care law in Australia, focusing on consent, professional liability, medical negligence, and end-of-life decision-making among other topics.
  • LO2. Identify and explain key legislative sources, common law, and equitable doctrines that impact medical practice and the delivery of health services in Australia.
  • LO3. Critically analyse and resolve legal problems arising in the delivery of health care to both adult and child patients, employing appropriate legal principles and theories.
  • LO4. Apply legislative and common law principles to construct solutions to legal scenarios and problems encountered in the delivery of health services.
  • LO5. Develop sound, logically structured legal arguments in response to complex legal problems and communicate these to diverse audiences.

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Outline unavailable
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Remote
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Modes of attendance (MoA)

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