6 & 7 March 2021 - Noosa, QLD - Sold out

6 & 7 March 2021 - Sold out

Sofitel Resort, Noosa, QLD

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

COVID-19 Safety

In preparation for holding our upcoming Expert Report Writing and Basic Law Intensive courses in Noosa, ACLM has completed a COVID Safe Event Checklist as required by the QLD Government.

As part of our commitment to making this event COVID Safe, please note the following:

- Do not attend this event if you are unwell. This includes if you are currently or have recently experienced cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue, loss of smell or taste, vomiting, diarrhoea, or shortness of breath.

- Do not attend this event if you have been in close contact with a person who is positive with COVID-19, or if you have been required to self-isolate or quarantine by the government.

- It is your responsibility to check the latest QLD restrictions to ensure you are safe and able to travel and attend this event. This may include applying for a QLD Border Declaration Pass. See these links - Queensland Border Declaration Pass | Queensland Government (www.qld.gov.au) / Queensland border restrictions | Queensland Government (covid19.qld.gov.au)

- As per our Cancellation Policy, if you are unable to attend in person due to travel restrictions, border closures, lockdowns by the government, travel restrictions by your employer, or COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms at the time of the event, you will be able to attend the course online via Zoom.

- In addition to our Cancellation Policy, if you are unwell at the time of the event, you will be offered the option of either a full refund or online attendance via live streaming.

- Wherever possible, 1.5m physical distancing should be adhered to during this event. While masks are not currently mandatory in QLD for events of this nature, please bring your own mask and wear it if physical distancing is not possible.

- Attendee numbers are kept well below the allowed maximum room capacity as per the 2 square meter rule to prevent crowding. The classroom has a maximum capacity of 48 persons, and we have only 23 attendees.

- All attendees will be screened via a questionnaire at the registration desk and required to provide contact tracing details upon signing in.

- Santiser and hand washing facilities will be available throughout the venue.

- If you become unwell while attending the event, please seek assistance from the ACLM event coordinator (Jayelle Conway) or a member of the Sofitel staff for further instructions.


The current COVID-19 situation in Australia gives us confidence that the courses will be able to be delivered face-to-face in Noosa.

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.

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.