MLL330 - Health Law

Year: 2019 unit information
Enrolment modes: Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

Sonia Allan


MLL111, MLL114 (previously coded MLL214), MLL113, MLL213, MLL323

Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Contact hours:

On Campus Students:

24 hours of intensive face-to-face contact in an extended seminar/workshop at the Burwood Campus.  Group A will be required to attend between 10.00am and 4.00pm on Thursdays and Fridays in Week 2 & 4.  Group B will be required to attend between 10.00am and 4.00pm on Mondays and Tuesdays in Week 3 & 5. Group C will be required to attend between 10.00am and 4.00pm on Thursdays and Fridays in Week 3 & 5


Cloud (online) students will engage with online lectures, multi-media and other resources presented in ten modules (averaging 2 hours of content per module plus readings) which can be undertaken intensively or spread out. They will also engage with related seminar/workshop activities independently and collaboratively online (to the equivalent of 24 hours of engagement with such activities), including a minimum of 3 hours of scheduled online seminars.


This unit focuses on a wide range of contemporary issues in health law. It includes consideration of matters relevant to the provision of health services including the regulation of health professionals, informed consent, medical negligence, health information, and access to health care and medicines. It also examines how the law responds to the ethical, legal, and social issues raised by existing and emerging health technologies, and relevant to pre-conception, pregnancy and birth, throughout the life course, and end-of life decision making.

Students will learn about the theoretical framework surrounding health law, and develop skills that equip them to independently analyse, critique, and apply their legal knowledge within the field. They will develop skills that will enable them to provide concise legal advice to plaintiffs and defendants involved in medical litigation, and to engage in policy or law reform activities pertinent to health service providers, public and private stakeholders, and society. In doing so, they will be challenged to demonstrate their ability to transmit their knowledge and skills to others and to generate solutions to complex problems.


Assessment 1 (Individual) – Online post- topic tests (5%)

Assessment 2 (Working in Pairs) - Health Law Advice - 35%

Assessment 3 (Individual) – Research Paper – 60%


Hurdle requirement: Students must complete all assessments to pass the unit. 

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