** NEW DATE **
12 & 13 December 2020

Sofitel Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

This course was planned to be held in June and has been postponed due to COVID-19. Please note the new date - 12 & 13 December 2020.

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 Noosa Pacific Resort
14-16 Hastings Street
Noosa Heads QLD 4567

A discounted accommodation rate is available to attendees. Details will be sent following registration and payment.

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

RACGP Points

Please note, we are investigating accreditation for the RACGP 2020-22 triennium.