Sydney Health Law is the focal point for health law research, teaching and community engagement at Sydney Law School. It builds on two decades of excellence in teaching and research across all areas of health law.
Sydney Health Law is a centre in the University of Sydney Law School that is active in organising seminars and conferences on topics of relevance to health governance, law and ethics and in building links with academic, community and professional organisations in Australia and overseas.
Academic staff affiliated with the Centre teach in Sydney Law School’s extensive offerings in health law, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
The centre aims to encourage, promote and support innovative and important scholarship in health law, policy and bioethics – through teaching, research, consultancy and advocacy in all areas of health law, including health policy and bioethics.
These objectives include work both within the University of Sydney, with other centres in Australia and overseas, with the legal profession more generally, and the wider community, both in Australia and internationally.
The centre's activities may include:
Located in the Charles Perkins Centre, the Food Governance node provides a platform for collaboration between lawyers, nutritionists, policy analysists, and health scientists. Our focus is on developing practical solutions to the problems of poor nutrition and diet-related disease, through submissions to government, developing grant applications, generating new multidisciplinary research, and more.
We run a number of events throughout the year, including a biennial conference.
In 2016 we hosted the Food Governance Conference, which presented research from across Australia on the role of law, regulation and policy in creating a healthy, sustainable, and equitable food supply. The first of its kind in Australia, the conference attracted 180 attendees from government, civil society, the business sector, and academia, as well as keynote speakers from the UK, US, and Canada.
The Food Governance Node also hosted a showcase of food governance research at the University of Sydney on 3 November 2017.
This blog provides information on the latest developments and events in health law, ethics and governance, focusing both nationally and globally. Discussion includes the ethical dilemmas of biobanks, developments in chronic disease prevention, and the issues posed by refusal of consent to medical treatment – to name just a few of our many interests.
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