Health Law and Ethics Network (HLEN) was formally established at Melbourne Law School in 2018
The key objectives of HLEN are to promote high quality, inter-disciplinary research, teaching and engagement in health law and ethics, and to foster collaboration among scholars and clinicians across the University of Melbourne and Parkville precinct. The research facilitated by the Network is directed towards growing the scholarship, offering policy solutions to governments, informing judicial decision-making, and providing input into clinical practice guidelines.
Overview of the Health Law and Ethics Network
HLEN includes researchers working across the gamut of topics in the health, law and bioethics, including reproductive health; mental health; regulation of health professionals; genomics and other emerging technologies; disability; public health; control of non-communicable diseases; neonatal intensive care; children’s surgeries; and distributive justice.
One of HLEN’s main activities is to host monthly lunchtime seminars on a variety of current issues arising in health law and ethics, providing an opportunity for people working in the field to present their work, exchange ideas and develop connections. HLEN sees these seminars as integral to the development of new inter-disciplinary collaborations. In addition to these monthly seminars, HLEN hosts various public and MLS lectures given by leading international experts in health law and ethics.
HLEN seeks to bring together staff and students from across the University of Melbourne, government and industry. HLEN’s events attract people from Melbourne Law School, the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Stem Cells Australia, the Melbourne Genomics Institute, the Doherty Institute, the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, Cancer Council Victoria, the Royal Children’ Hospital, the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and the Department of Health and Human Services.
Directors and Deputy Directors
- Paula O'Brien
- Michelle Taylor-Sands
- Chris Gyngell
- Carolyn Johnston
Melbourne Law School Staff
- Anna Arstein-Kerslake
- Jessica Bell
- Julian Koplin
- Bernadette McSherry
- Andrew Mitchell
- Lauren Notini
- Christine Parker
- Megan Prictor
Members of the Health Law and Ethics Network produce high quality research on a wide range of topics in the health law and ethics field. The topic areas below represent their major expertise and interests, around which members collaborate with each other and researchers in Australia and overseas on projects, publications, grants and conferences.
There is an extensive suite of study options in health law and ethics at Melbourne Law School. These include subjects offered at the JD level, a world-class specialist Health and Medical Law Masters, and the opportunity for doctoral study.
In their studies at Melbourne Law School, students engage with cutting-edge issues in health law and ethics, taught by leaders in the field from Australia and overseas. The learning experience of students is enhanced by our deep connections with lawyers working in health law in private practice and health professionals from the public and private sectors.
Subjects which may be offered include:
- Health Law and Ethics (2018)
- Creating Life: Law & Ethics (Legal Research)
- Doctors’ Duties, Patients’ Choices (Legal Research)
Masters of Health and Medical Law
Graduate Diploma of Health and Medical Law
The Health and Medical Law specialisation in the Melbourne Law Masters is open to lawyers and to health professionals and administrators (with no prior legal qualification).
Subjects which may be offered include:
- Comparative Health Law (2019)
- Global Health Law
- Global Health, Trade and Investment Law
- Health Data Governance (2019)
- Health Law and Human Rights
- Health Law: Patient Protection (2019)
- Institutional Abuse and Legal Redress (2019)
- Law and Emerging Technologies (2019)
- Medical Ethics (2019)
- Medical Litigation (2019)
- Mental Health and Disability Law (2019)
- Public Health Law
- Regulation of Health Practitioners: Accountability and Enforcement (2019)
For more details, please visit the degree page on the Melbourne Law Masters website.
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