Health Law Central is an accessible website that provides information about key areas of health law relevant to people at all stages of life.

At Health Law Central people may find health law information about their home state in Australia, other states/territories, and beyond. There are also links to other relevant sites, commentary and more!

Choose a topic relevant to you…. or read them all!

Health Law Central is a project that was funded via an AMP Tomorrow Fund Grant. It was built and is maintained by Associate Professor Sonia Allan, an expert in health law. An exciting project that provides a gateway to information, as well as a link to further services, Health Law Central has been a well received resource in both Australia and abroad. Read more about us here.
  • Understand how the law is relevant to health
  • Have a starting point for more complex conversations
  • Find information that is important to our everyday lives
  • Find a gateway to more detailed information
  • Learn about matters relevant to you
Assisted Reproduction

In the section on assisted reproduction find out about:

Note Donor conception and Surrogacy are also discussed on Health Law Central.

Also find information on A.R.T. risks; and more!

Donor Conception

In the section on donor conception information is given regarding the complexities of using a donor, and the right of donor conceived people to access information. Details of laws in Australia, and across the globe, that recognise such a right are discussed.

This section also includes information on family limits for gamete/embryo donation, and on donating gametes and embryos.

End of Life Decision Making

In the section on end of life decision making you will find information on end of life decision making:

The section is linked to information in the Health Care Decisions section regarding consent. There are also links to useful and comprehensive resources and websites beyond Health Law Central.

Health Care Decisions

Here you will find an overview of relevant legal considerations and pages on:

The section is also linked to information found in other sections of the Health Law Central site, including the law of negligence, and end of life decision making.

Health Care Information

In the section on health care information there is an introduction to what health information is, as well as to confidentiality, privacy and access to health information.

You will then find pages further explaining legal principles of:

Links to comprehensive legislation and information resources are provided.

Medical Negligence

The section on medical negligence provides an overview of the elements of the cause of action that must be proven in a claim for compensation.

There are also more detailed pages on:

Pregnancy and Birth

The Pregnancy and Birth Section contains information on laws and regulation regarding:

Throughout you will find links to other resources, laws and more!

Surrogacy

The surrogacy section provides an introduction to some key terms and definition, it also discusses ethical and legal issues raised by surrogacy. Details may also be found regarding laws and regulation regarding surrogacy in:

Throughout you will find links to other resources, laws and more!

Articles & News

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    Whoever fills the role, the new WHO director-general has a rocky road ahead

    At the 70th UN World Health Assembly in Geneva on May 22 to 31 2017, all 194 member countries will vote on the […]

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    Health and Human Rights – Trump U.S. Funding Cuts

    Trump funding cut a dangerous and deadly decision
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    Sharon Bessell
    The […]

  • Disclosing genetic information to relatives

    Disclosing genetic information to relatives

    In late 2015 the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) conducted a public consultation on new draft health privacy guidance resources for health service providers and consumers. The following is a draft of guidance […]

  • Public Health Act 2010 (NSW) Review

    Public Health Act 2010 (NSW) Review

    The Public Health Act 2010 (NSW) passed Parliament in 2010, with most of the provisions of the Act commencing in 2012. It was enacted following an extensive review of the now repealed Public Health Act […]

  • Hepatitis C Treatment Affordable on the Australian PBS

    Hepatitis C Treatment Affordable on the Australian PBS

    In March 2016, the Australian Government listed new generation, direct-acting antiviral medications for Hepatitis C on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). This means that ground breaking medicines are accessible and affordable to all people in Australia […]

  • Family Violence

    Family Violence

    ‘Silent victims’: royal commission recommends better protections for child victims of family violence

    Wendy O’Brien, Deakin University and Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Monash University

    Among the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence’s most important recommendations is the powerful acknowledgement […]

  • Victoria Tables Donor Conception Laws

    Victoria Tables Donor Conception Laws

    The Victorian Government has tabled the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Amendment Bill 2015 in parliament this week (25 November 2015) proposing to change the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008. The proposed donor conception laws, if passed, will give rights to people conceived using […]

  • Research Report: Health Outcomes and the Rule of Law

    Research Report: Health Outcomes and the Rule of Law

    The Study: ‘Association of rule of law and health outcomes: an ecological study.’

    In a paper published on 29 October 2015 by BMJ Open, Angela Maria Pinzon-Rondon, Amir Attaran, Juan Carlos Botero, and Angela Maria Ruiz-Sternberg report upon a study […]

  • Bullying: Laws and policies as a tool for preventing and addressing harmful behaviours

    Bullying: Laws and policies as a tool for preventing and addressing harmful behaviours

    Bullying is ‘ongoing physical, emotional or verbal aggression by one or more people against others’. Acts of bullying can involve ‘intentional injury or physical assault such as kicking, hitting, pushing, punching or damaging property; psychological assault such […]

  • D’Arcy v Myriad Genetics [2015] HCA 35 – Genetic Patents

    D’Arcy v Myriad Genetics [2015] HCA 35 – Genetic Patents

    On 7 October 2015, the High Court of Australia unanimously allowed an appeal from a decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia concerning the issue of whether an isolated nucleic acid, coding […]