22 & 23 JUNE 2019

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Course Overview

The BLI begins with an introduction to the legal framework that supports the health system. Consent to medical treatment, substitute decision-making, clinical negligence, confidentiality and privacy are then discussed for the remainder of the first day. These areas of law embody the principles of medical law, namely autonomy of the patient and the tension that can arise between this fundamental principle and that of beneficence or ‘best interests.’

The second day involves examining the issues in clinical practice that relate to the beginning and end of life. Specifically, the topics discussed are artificial reproductive technology (ART), withdrawal of life sustaining measures, and the doctrine of double effect. The day concludes with an overview of forensic medicine, where clinical practice and the criminal and coronial law intersect.

Each presentation is followed by small group discussion of two clinical case studies that relate to the subject material. The small groups each then report back the whole group, identifying the legal issues that were involved in the clinical situation presented.

The Basic Law Intensive serves as a supplement (and pre-requisite) to the Advanced Law Intensive.
This program has been allocated 40 Category 1 points (Activity: 119861) in the RACGP QI&CPD Program for the 2017-19 triennium.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply the principles of confidentiality and privacy to your clinical practice and record keeping system.
  • Differentiate between the consent required for treatment (trespass) and informed consent (negligence).
  • Analyse the consent requirements in adults who lack capacity, both at common law and under guardianship legislation.
  • check
    Interpret the legal medicine issues surrounding the beginning of life and end of life in clinical practice.
  • check
    Recognise the legal framework that underpins the health care system in Australia.


Please download the current program here.

Please note, the program is undergoing a revision so an updated program will be available in the coming months. All attendees already registered will be notified of any program updates.

Registration fees

ACLM members - $750 incl GST
Open (non-members) - $900 incl GST

Teaching Faculty

Dr Don Buchanan | ACLM Council Member, Forensic Physician and Legal Practitioner

Professor Roy Beran | Consultant Neurologist and Lawyer, FACLM

Professor John Devereux | Professor of Law, TC Beirne School of Law, The University of Queensland