Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine


Mrs Elizabeth Kennedy


Not offered in 2016


Review of legal principles related to health care; including common law principles and statutes. The focus is on key areas of medical and health law such as negligence, consent, privacy of health information, clinical research, abortion, euthanasia, mental health, infectious diseases, health complaints, ethics and human rights and law for health systems.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the sources of law
  2. Describe aspects of law impacting upon the delivery of health services
  3. Apply key areas of medical law to health management; such as negligence, informed consent, confidentiality, clinical research, abortion, euthanasia, health service law, mental health law, infectious diseases law, health complaints law and coronial law
  4. Comprehend other areas of law and legal policy as they apply to the health care system including restrictive trade practices, contract law, professional registration and malpractice, drugs and poisons law and therapeutic goods law
  5. Examine the means of resolving consumer dissatisfaction.


Response to 6 weekly forum discussion topics (45%)
Written essay (1,500 words) (25%)
Written essay (2,000 words) (30%)

Workload requirements

Off-campus: 20 hours per week for 6 weeks.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Must be enrolled in courses 4528 or 4529.