Medical law

Health law


Ensuring health and bodily integrity: towards a human rights approach for people born with variations in sex characteristics

The publication of this report is the culmination of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s project about protecting the human rights of people born with variations in sex characteristics in the context of medical interventions.
Fact sheet

Fact Check Fact File: Could the government make a COVID-19 vaccine mandatory in Australia?

Enforcing mandatory vaccination is a complicated proposition intersecting public health, rights to bodily autonomy and medical ethics. RMIT ABC Fact Check takes a look at whether mandatory vaccination could be enforced in Australia.
Journal article

Evidence-based law-making on voluntary assisted dying

This paper argues that evidence-based law making by parliamentarians is needed as they deliberate proposed voluntary assisted dying laws. There has been limited recognition of the value of evidence-based approaches in the discipline of law
Journal article

Regulating voluntary assisted dying in Australia: some insights from the Netherlands

Over two decades of Dutch experience with voluntary assisted dying can inform deliberations about the nature of a regulatory framework in Australian jurisdictions, according to the authors of this article.

Policy and investment recommendations for trustworthy AI

This report contains policy and investment recommendations for trustworthy Artificial Intelligence, addressed to EU institutions and Member States. The High-Level Expert Group on AI puts forward suggestions that can guide trustworthy AI towards sustainability, growth and competitiveness, as well as inclusion – while empowering, benefiting...
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Could Richard Di Natale and Bob Brown act as medical advisers on the transfer of refugees under proposed legislation?

As the Government seeks to prevent the passage of the so-called "medevac bill", Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has questioned the influence medical practitioners would have in deciding to transfer sick refugees to Australia for treatment, suggesting t
Journal article

Future of assisted dying reform in Australia

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 (Vic) will come into force in June 2019, becoming the first law in Australia in 20 years to permit voluntary assisted dying (VAD). This paper considers how other Australian states and territories are likely to respond to this development.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Has assisted dying been a legal slippery slope overseas?

Former prime minister Paul Keating claims the experience of assisted dying legislation in "overseas jurisdictions suggests the pressures for further liberalisation are irresistible".

Ethics of euthanasia and assisted suicide

Professor Peter Singer (Princeton) and Associate Professor Charles Camosy (Fordham University) debated the ethics of euthanasia and assisted suicide at the International Conference on End of Life in Brisbane, 2014. The conference was co-hosted by QUT’s Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Dalhousie Health Law...

Rationing: the case of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

This lecture was filmed on 18 May 2015 as part of the public lecture series of the Australian Centre for Health Law Research at the Queensland University of Technology. Topic: Rationing - The case of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the place of...
Briefing paper

Are our policies and laws leading to treatment delays for people with schizophrenia?

Under Australian mental health laws, people with schizophrenia can only be involuntarily committed to a mental health facility if they are assessed and it is determined that their illness is making them dangerous to themselves or others.
Conference paper

Legal requirements to conduct blood testing in doping control: Oceania region

Abstract: As sport is now practiced on a worldwide basis, the fight against doping is an international problem and the solution to it must necessarily be international or the level playing field, which is fundamental to sport, cannot exist. There must be national building blocks...