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Unit Overview


This unit develops themes associated with the legal and policy frameworks of healthcare and public health, with a particular focus on the public and private character of various aspects thereof. There is a strong emphasis on the policy and ethics discourses underpinning health law, as well as an exploration of specific substantive areas of policy, regulation and governance. The unit engages with global as well as domestic perspectives. Overarching themes include foundational concepts of health law and policy affecting both individual healthcare and public health; frameworks for decision-making; legal, regulatory and governance frameworks affecting healthcare and public health; response to health threats.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) apply key legal, ethical and policy frameworks associated with health regulation; (2) evaluate the public and private dimensions of healthcare regulation and public health governance; (3) analyse the interaction between global and domestic legal, regulatory and policy frameworks governing healthcare and public health; and (4) develop convincing, coherent and consistent arguments about complex legal, policy and regulatory health-related frameworks.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research essay; (2) participation; and (3) assignment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Meredith Blake and Assoc Professor Marco Rizzi
Unit rules

Enrolment in
20820 Juris Doctor
and LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering
and 30 points ( LAWS4102 Criminal Law
, LAWS4103 Contract
, LAWS4104 Property
, LAWS4106 Torts
, LAWS4107 Land Law
, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law and ( LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
or LAWS4110 Interpretation
) ) for all other students LAWS4102 Criminal Law
, LAWS4106 Torts
, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law
LAWS3324 Medicine and the Law
Contact hours
LAWS5181 Health Law and Policy will run in the second half of first semester in 2023, on the last six Fridays of semester one (21, 28 April 5,12,19,and 26 May), from (approximately) between 9.30 and 4.30.
This unit has an enrolment capacity of 100 and will be closed for further enrolment once capacity is reached
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