18 & 19 June 2022 - Adelaide, SA

(FOrmerly NAMED Basic Law INTENSIVE)
18 & 19 June 2022 - SOLD OUT

Stamford Grand Adelaide, Glenelg, South Australia


This course is now sold out. Please register your interest using the button above.



The aim of this course is to give health care practitioners better understanding of the legal complexities that underpin clinical decisions and equip them with the basic knowledge of health law necessary to make sound clinical and management decisions consistent with good medical practice.

The Law Intensive 1 serves as a supplement and pre-requisite to the Law Intensive 2 (formerly Advanced Law Intensive).

Learning Outcomes

 - Identify the legal framework that underpins the health care system in Australia.
 - 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.
 - Explain the legal medicine issues surrounding the beginning of life and end of life in clinical practice.
 - Apply the principles of confidentiality and privacy to your clinical practice and record keeping system.

About the Course

The Law Intensive 1 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.


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Recommended Reading

 - Health Law in Australia 3rd edition Ben White, Fiona McDonald, Lindy Willmott; LBC 2018
 - Ethics and Law for the Health Professions 4th edition Ian Kerridge et al; Federation Press 2013
 - Law and Medical Practice 2nd edition Loane Skene; Butterworths Australia 2004
 - Australian Medical Law 3rd edition John Devereux; Routledge-Cavendish 2007

Pre-course Activity
The pre-course activity must be completed and returned via email no later than Friday 3 June 2022. This activity is sent to you following registration. This activity is mandatory for those who are claiming RACGP CPD points, but it is strongly recommended for all participants to complete.


Stamford Grand Adelaide - Moseley Room
2 Jetty Rd, Glenelg SA 5045

Travel & Accommodation
We recommend booking travel and accommodation which has flexible cancellation policies in case of COVID impacting your ability to travel. Due to the small group, we have not negotiated a discounted room block rate with the venue. Various accommodation options are available including:
 - Stamford Grand Adelaide
 - Oaks Glenelg Plaza Pier Suites
 - Glenelg Holiday Apartments

 - 12 minute drive from Adelaide Domestic Airport
 - The Adelaide JetBus service operates every 30 minutes from the Airport to Glenelg. You will need a Metro card which can be purchased from the airport ticket vending machine at the bus stop.
 - Onsite parking at the Stamford Grand - $20/day for guests


Prof Roy Beran - Neurologist & Professor
Roy is trained as a consultant neurologist and accredited sleep physician, in addition to working within legal, military and aviation medicine. His qualifications include: MBBS, MD, FRACP, FRACGP, Grad. Dip. Tertiary Ed., Grad. Dip. Further Ed., FAFPHM, FACLM, FRCP, FACBS, B Leg. S, MHL and FFFLM (Hon). He is a Conjoint Professor of Medicine in the South Western Clinical School at the University of New South Wales and Liverpool Hospital, Professor in the School of Medicine at Griffith University, Queensland, and Professor Chair, Medical Law, at Sechenov Moscow First State University, Moscow, Russia. He is a founding Fellow of the Australasian College of Legal Medicine, a Past President thereof, having stepped down in 2011, and only the second elected Honorary Fellow of the College. He currently sits on Council and is a joint Head of Teaching Faculty of ACLM. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians (London).

Dr Don Buchanan - Forensic Physician & Legal Practitioner
Don Buchanan has been a full time forensic medical officer in Queensland for over 30 years, during which time he was director of state government medical officer services for 7 years. He obtained his medical degree at the University of Queensland and is a Fellow of the Australian College of General Practitioners and a Fellow of the Australasian College of Biomedical Scientists. Don is a past President of the Australasian College of Legal Medicine, and is an Honorary Life Fellow, Council Member and current Honorary Treasurer. He obtained a Master of Public Health from the University of Queensland in 1996 and was awarded a Juris Doctor (a graduate law degree) from the University of Queensland in 2003 and admitted as a legal practitioner in the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2004. He is registered as a barrister through the Bar Association of Queensland and has completed a Master of Laws (Health Law) from the Queensland University of Technology. He has worked as the deputy coronial registrar for the Coroners Court of Queensland.

Prof John Devereux - Professor of Law, University of Queensland
John Devereux teaches and researches the law of torts at the UQ Law School. He has a special interest in medical law, most notably in the areas of competency to consent to medical treatment and in epilepsy and the law. A Rhodes Scholar, John has worked as a lawyer in a variety of contexts including as a Barrister, as a consultant to a multi-national law firm, a Law Reform Commissioner for Queensland, a legal member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and as a Defence Force Magistrate. John was formerly Lecturer in Law at Keble College, Oxford University and Assistant Dean of Magdalen College, Oxford University. He is a former Associate Vice Chancellor of A.C.U. John is an Honorary Fellow of the Australasian College of Legal Medicine and joint Head of Teaching Faculty.


2022 Fees:

ACLM members - AUD $950 (inc. GST)

Non-members - AUD $1,150 (inc. GST)


A refund less $150 administration fee will be provided for all cancellations received at least 30 days prior to the course start date. Any cancellations after this point will be non-refundable. The following will also apply.

By registering, you accept that if you are unable to attend in person due to the COVID related reasons listed in the Remote Attendance Policy below then you:

- Will be able to attend the course remotely via live streaming, and
- Acknowledge that remote attendance may have some limitations to interaction capabilities.

Please note: If you are unwell at the time of the event, you will be offered the option of a credit note to the next course or remote attendance.

Contingency Planning

If a situation occurs which significantly affects the majority of participants’ ability to attend in person, the course may either be postponed to a later date or held entirely online. Any decision will be communicated to all attendees as soon as possible if this circumstance arises. By registering, you agree to attend the course virtually on the same dates should this circumstance arise.


It is anticipated that travel will be possible by June 2022, both within Australia and from some overseas countries. The nature of this particular course is very interactive, and the best quality of learning will be experienced by attending in person. Therefore all registered participants should plan to attend the course in person.

Who can attend remotely?
We will only provide remote attendance for registered attendees who are unable to attend in person due to:
 - Travel restrictions, border closures, lockdowns by the government (including requirements to quarantine)
 - Travel restrictions by their employer, or
 - COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms at the time of the event.

What will remote attendance be like?
ACLM intends to provide a high quality learning experience for remote attendees with the remote attendance experience aiming to be as similar as possible to being in the real classroom. Remote attendees will likely be able to:
 - Hear and see the lectures via a live stream (Zoom)
 - Hear and participate in audience Q&A time
 - Participate in group breakout work with an ACLM teacher joining the online group, as per normal group work.

Despite our best efforts, please be aware that remote attendance may have some limitations to the ability for remote attendees to interact as freely as in the actual classroom.

To request remote attendance
Send a signed letter to ACLM stating the reason you are unable to attend in person. Due to the ever changing nature of COVID-19, we will assess requests on a case by case basis, with most requests assessed within 2 weeks of the course.


Update as of 15 April 2022 - from SA Government:

 - Contact tracing requirements removed except for Prescribed Places – QR code check in not required for this event

 - Masks not required in all indoor spaces with few exceptions. Masks not required for this event, however ACLM still strongly recommends to bring and wear a mask if social distancing is not possible.

In preparation for holding the Law Intensive 1, ACLM has completed a COVID Safe Plan for a “Private Function function (on licensed premises)” as recommended by the South Australian Government. The plan is available above. 

As part of our commitment to making this event COVID Safe, you must comply with the following directions:

- 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. Get tested and isolate at the first sign of symptoms. Remote attendance will be available or a credit note.

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

 - Maintain 1.5m physical distance where possible. To minimise movement at the venue, please must stay within your chosen seat where practical. The room is 120m2 for 25 attendees = over 4m2 per person. Seating will be socially distanced where possible, with 1.5m between tables and a reduced number of persons per table.

 - Bring a face mask. Face masks are no longer mandatory for most indoor spaces in South Australia, however ACLM still strongly recommended bringing and wearing a face mask when social distancing is not possible. https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/

 - Wash and sanitize your hands frequently and follow hygienic practices when coughing or sneezing.

 - It is your responsibility to check the latest border, travel and quarantine restrictions of both South Australia and your home state/country to ensure you are safe and able to travel to and from this event. This may include applying for a travel permit. 

 - Contact tracing requirements have been removed for most places, however please abide by the venue's instructions upon arrival

Stamford Grand Adelaide also implements a COVID Safe Plan which covers this event. This plan has been sighted by ACLM. A summary of Stamford group's COVID safe practices is available here: https://www.stamford.com.au/stamfordsafe/

Measures include:

- Hand sanitisers widely available 

- Social distancing signage as required

- Face masks worn as required

- Increased frequency of cleaning of meeting rooms, public areas, bathrooms, guest rooms etc

- Mandatory Covid-19 safe training practices certification for staff and daily staff briefings

- Food services provided in line with current state government standards


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