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LAW5133 - Legal issues in medicine 506

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Law

Leader: Semester Two: Dr Fiona Hum


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


Topics include: practising law and practising medicine.; principles governing clinical medical practice; the foundation of medical ethics; the relationship between medicine and allied health professions; the regulation of the medical profession; doctors, patients and the law and alternatives to litigation; medical negligence and consent; rights to refuse medical treatment, and competence and incompetence in law and medicine; medical confidentiality; law and psychiatry; the body as property; medical research: volunteers, institutional ethics committees and the law; medical treatment and the end of life; the beginnings of life: novel birth technologies and abortion; doctors in court.


On completion of this unit students should have

  1. acquired an understanding and appreciation of the rationales and roles of the legal and medical practice and structure ;
  2. developed the ability to critically analyse and evaluate a number of major issues and concepts fundamental to the doctor - patient relationship; and
  3. practiced and improved their research and writing skills as well as their skills in class/group participation and learning to understand , share and accept differing points of view.


Research Paper (3,000 words): 40%
Examination (2 hour writing time plus 30 minutes reading time): 60% OR Examination (3 hours writing plus 30 minutes reading time): 100%

Contact hours

Three hours of lectures per week


LAW1100 or LAW1101 and LAW1102 or Medical students in their third year of the MBBS