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

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

Adelaide, South Australia


Registration opening soon. Please register your interest using the button above to be notified once registration is open.



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.


Download the program below (some changes may be made if necessary)


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.


Adelaide, South Australia. Exact venue TBC.

At this early stage, we are not planning on hybrid delivery as we expect all travel to have resumed by June 2022. This may be revised closer to the date. All attendees are expected to attend in person.


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 26 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. 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. He has also completed a Master of Laws (Health Law) from the Queensland University of Technology. Don was President of the Australasian College of Legal Medicine from 2013-2017 and is an Honorary Life Fellow of the College.

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.


(Subject to change)

ACLM members - AUD $850 (inc. GST)

Non-members - AUD $1,000 (inc. GST)


A refund less $150 administration fee will be provided for all cancellations received at least 14 days prior to the course start date. Any cancellations after this point will be non-refundable.


This information will be updated as applicable to 2022 location and venue closer to the date.


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