LAWS6054 - Health Care & Professional Liability


  • Explore the role of law as a means to regulate/ set limits on the conduct of health professionals and examine debates about the proper role of law in regulating the provision of health care.
  • Provide a foundation for further study in health law by examining laws that govern the liability of health professionals across a range of fields (criminal law, torts, contract, and discrimination law) and mechanisms for the oversight and disciplining of health professionals.
  • Critically evaluate law reform initiatives (where relevant) with respect to legal liability, complaints mechanisms and disciplinary action against health professionals.


Legal and non-legal methods of regulating the practice of health professionals by the criminal law; the principles of negligence and their application to the liability of health professionals; liability of hospitals; discrimination in health care; procedures for complaints against health professionals; disciplinary proceedings; the statutory reporting obligations of health professionals.


Semester 1 Intensive
27, 28 March & 14, 15 April 2014

Please note: This unit is compulsory for Graduate Diploma in Public Health Law (GradDipPubHL) candidates. Master of Health Law (MHL ) candidates may select this unit as one of the three compulsory units required in addition to LAWS 6252 - Legal Reasoning & the Common Law System or LAWS 6881 - Introduction to Law for Health Professionals.

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


  • 1 x Class Presentation (10%)
  • 1 x 2,000 word Class Paper (30%)
  • 1 x 5,000 word Take-Home Exam (60%)

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 Health Law | Graduate Diploma in Health Law