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LAWS13-525: Law and Medicine


Law and Medicine is an undergraduate elective subject offered by the Faculty of Law. This subject aims to provide a sound introduction to the law relevant to the health care system, health care professionals and related scientific and technological developments. There will be an examination of the legal structures that impact on health care, focusing specifically on the regulatory framework controlling the health care system and the health care professional. Specific attention is given to liability and accountability issues, including medical negligence, consent, confidentiality and privacy. The subject will canvass such topical issues as: patients' rights, tissue transplantation, genetic engineering, assisted reproductive technology and surrogacy, euthanasia, cloning, research and experimentation. Although the subject will concentrate on the Australian jurisdiction, comparisons and contrasts will be made with other countries, especially other common law jurisdictions.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Law
Semesters offered
  • January 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2022 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Law
Subject fees
  • Current: $5,010
  • Commencing in May 2021: $5,260

Learning outcomes

1. Acquire an insight into the legal parameters within which a medical practitioner operates in their practice.
2. Acquire the ability to recognise the point at which sound medical ethics are necessary to guide medical professionals in their choice of therapies and their responsibility to their patients.

Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):

Restrictions: ?

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens10/11/2019
Semester start13/01/2020
Subject start13/01/2020
Cancellation 1?27/01/2020
Cancellation 2?03/02/2020
Last enrolment26/01/2020
Withdraw – Financial?08/02/2020
Withdraw – Academic?29/02/2020
Teaching census?07/02/2020