LAWS6052 - Government, Regulation, Health Policy & Ethics


  • Examine government regulation of health care, drugs, resource allocation, medical research and professional practice.
  • With regard to each area of government decision-making, analyse issues by reference to the interplay between social goals, human rights, legal rights and ethical considerations.


Constitutional and statutory sources of government power with respect to health care: regulatory models and reform of public health legislation; therapeutic goods administration; health insurance; pharmaceutical benefits and the pharmacy industry; immunisiation, notifiable diseases and public health emergencies; human tissue legislation; discipline of health professionals; health care complaints tribunals; a right to health care; ethical theories in law and medicine; the ethics of human experimentation; and ethics committees.


Semester 2 Intensive
25, 26 September & 9, 10 October 2014

The timetable is subject to frequent changes. Please refer to the latest version of the Postgraduate Timetable.

Please note: Master of Health Law MHL students may select this unit as one of the three compulsory units required in addition to LAWS6252 or LAWS6881.
For 2014, the unit is available to GradDipHL students as a core unit of study in place of LAWS6058 Information Rights in Health Care.


  • 1 x 7,500 Word Essay (100%) or
  • 2 x 3,750 Word Essays (100%)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

You can credit this unit towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Units of study that are part of Sydney Law School’s Postgraduate Program meet the necessary Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) of the Law Society of New South Wales and the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements of the New South Wales Bar Association. You may complete this unit of study by enrolling on a non-degree basis or on an audit basis only with no assessment via Single Unit Study.

Courses this unit is available in

Master of Laws | Graduate Diploma in Law | Master of Global Law | Master of Administrative Law and Policy | Master of Health Law | Graduate Diploma in Health Law | Graduate Diploma in Public Health Law