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Australian Health Law

Australian Health Law

Allan, S; Blake, M, 2018

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Book 9780409348491 $152.00
eBook 9780409348507 $152.00

Comprehensive coverage of health law in Australia


Format: Paperback


Australian Health Law combines detailed discussion and critical analysis of Australian health law as it relates to individual and public health matters. It offers a cohesive, in-depth examination of health law at local, state and national levels, while also reflecting upon broader global considerations. The comprehensive coverage includes discussion of the underpinning influences and principles relevant to health law, the law regulating Australia's health care system, health care practitioner regulation, key legal principles relevant to the patient-practitioner relationship, and health law in the context of the beginning of life, throughout the life course, and ending of life. Meticulously researched, this book is an invaluable resource for scholars, students and practitioners on Australian health law.



• Clear and accessible content
• Comprehensive discussion
• Addresses both legal and ethical issues
• Covers all Australian jurisdictions


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Sonia Allan is an Associate Professor at Deakin University specialising in health, biotechnology and medical law. She has undergraduate and post-graduate qualifications in public health, psychology, and the law.

Meredith Blake is Deputy Head of School (Students) in the Law School at the University of Western Australia. She has taught and researched in the areas of health law and policy and criminal law for over 15 years, including at King’s College London.

Table of Contents

Pt 1: Health Law: Scope, Influences and Perspectives

1. Introduction
2. The Ethics of Health Care
3. Health and Human Rights

Pt 2: Understanding Australia’s Health System

4. The Australian Health Care System
5. The Regulation of Health Care Practitioners

Pt 3: Key Principles of Health Law

6. Consent to Health Care Treatment
7. Harm Arising from Health Care Treatment: Negligence
8. Duties and Rights Associated with Health Care Information

Pt 4: Health Law in Context: The Beginning of Life

9. Pre-Conception, Conception and Birth
10. Assisted Reproduction

Pt 5: Health Law in Context: Health Matters Relevant Throughout the Life Course

11. Public Health Law
12. Mental Health Law
13. Organ, Tissue and Blood Donation
14. Research Involving Human Participants and Materials

Pt 6: Health Law in Context: The End of Life

15. The Ending of Life: Adults
16. The Ending of Life 2: Minors

Pt 7: Conclusion

17. Conclusion

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