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Health Law Central is an accessible website that provides information about key areas of health law relevant to people at all stages of life in Australia. It is also a place to engage with ethical, social, legal and human rights issues relevant to human health, and a place to think about broader debate on health law matters at home and abroad.

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

Choose a topic relevant to you…. or read them all! See our ‘health law topics’ section.

Need more information about the ethical, legal and social issues raised by a particular area of health? We can help you with your information, education, research and policy needs. We are experienced in working with individuals, private businesses, government, and non-government organisations. We provide high level consulting services on a contract basis. Read more here.
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 law and regulations govern 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 key terms; 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!


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!