6 & 7 March 2021 - Noosa, QLD

6 & 7 March 2021

Sofitel Resort, Noosa, QLD

This course is now sold out. 
We encourage you to register using the button above to be added to the shortlist in case a place becomes available.

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. 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 section of the program 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) 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.

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.
  • Interpret the legal medicine issues surrounding the beginning of life and end of life in clinical practice.
  • Recognise the legal framework that underpins the health care system in Australia.


The program is available here:

Registration fees

ACLM Members:  $750 inc GST
Non-members:  $900 inc GST


Sofitel Resort, Noosa
16 Hastings Street
Noosa Heads QLD 4567

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


The current COVID-19 situation in Australia gives us confidence that the courses will be able to be delivered face-to-face in Noosa, and the majority of, if not all, states should be able to attend. 

However, we acknowledge the uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation and its ability to quickly change the freedom to travel and attend meetings. Therefore, we will be setting up a live stream of the courses. Live streaming will only be made available to registered students who are unable to attend in person due to:

- Travel restrictions, border closures, lockdowns by the government
- Travel restrictions by their employer
- COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms at the time of the event.

Live streaming is not simply an alternative means to attend for convenience. Live streaming may have some limited capability for the student to interact or participate in group work. It will only be provided for already registered students for unavoidable or late notice emergency situations. If a student must attend via live stream, a partial refund will be issued to the student following the event.

For full details, please read the Cancellation Policy on the event registration page.

RACGP Points

RACGP Activity No. 215740 allocated 18 CPD points in the RACGP CPD program for the 2020-22 triennium.