Health Law Central

Health Law Central is an accessible internet resource about health law matters of relevance to everyday people, at all stages of life. It provides  overviews of the law, information and links to resources, as well as updates on what is happening in the field, commentary and more.

Health Law Central has been made possible by an AMP Tomorrow Fund grant, awarded to Dr Sonia Allan in November 2014.


Sonia Allan PhD

Sonia Allan

BA(Psych)(Hons), LLB(Hons),
LLM(Global Health Law)(Dist), MPH(Merit),

Sydney University, Melbourne University, Georgetown University

Sonia Allan holds degrees in law, psychology, public health and global health law. She was a Melbourne Research Scholarship recipient; a 2011 Churchill Fellow; a 2011/12 Global Health Law Fellow, Georgetown University; and a 2014 AMP Foundation ‘Tomorrow Maker’. She also won the 2012 CALI Award for Health and Human Rights Law at Georgetown University Law Center. In 2019 Sonia was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for her contribution to tertiary education, and the law. Sonia is active in community outreach and has been influential in law reform.

Expertise: Sonia has particular expertise in examining ethical, legal, human rights and regulatory issues related to health and emerging technologies; assisted reproduction; surrogacy; health research; and global and public health. She is available for professional research projects and consultations; health law review; talks; policy development; advocacy; and educational projects.

Community Engagement

Providing information to the community about important health law matters is what Health Law Central is about. Such community engagement is enhanced by academics, practitioners, and scholars of health law who are willing to share their health law expertise, notify us of important changes, events, and issues in the field; or contribute occasional commentary or pieces to our blogs. Such people may also keep us informed of their research and practice, and may be available for broader collaborative and consultative projects. They are a vital part of the ‘Health Law Central’ idea.

Other Works

Australian Health Law (Cover)

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.

Donor Conception and the Search for Infor

Donor Conception and the Search for Information examines donor conception and the search for information by donor-conceived people. It details differing regulatory approaches across the globe and identifies models regarding the recording and release of information. Arguments for and against donor anonymity are considered, and specifically critiqued.

The Patient and the Practitioner: Health Law and Ethics in Australia

Sonia Allan and Meredith Blake are co-authors of The Patient and the Practitioner: Health Law and Ethics in Australia – ‘an invaluable resource for a wide audience including both legal and health practitioners, academics, and undergraduate and postgraduate students.’


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