Emporium Hotel, Brisbane, QLD (Live streaming available)


(Formerly named Advanced Law INtensive)

Late 2022

Date & location TBC


An intensive two day program that focuses in some detail on the principles that define the legal relationship between the patient and the health care professional. Participants will increase their knowledge and understanding of how these principles are applied by civil, criminal and disciplinary law in the context of clinical practice, thereby providing an opportunity to further enhance the health and safety of patients.

Learning Outcomes
- Apply the principles of consent to, and refusal of, medical treatment in adults and children in the clinical setting.
- Analyse the various categories of a doctor’s duty of care that can be owed to a patient and the relationship between the duty, breach of duty and harm caused by the breach.
- Differentiate between the cases of negligence that involve a failure to warn the patient of a material risk and those cases that involve treatment.
- Recognise that the fundamental principle underpinning disciplinary law in relation to the regulation of health professionals is protection of the public, not punishment.

The ACLM Law Intensive 1 is generally a pre-requisite to attending the Law Intensive 2. However, if you have completed other studies in medical law, please contact us to ascertain whether you can attend the Law Intensive 2 without having attended the Law Intensive 1.


Please note - this course was previously called the Advanced Law Intensive.

View the Advanced Law Intensive 2021 program below (some changes may be made for 2022 if necessary):


Recommended Reading
- Health Law in Australia 3nd edition, Ben White, Fiona McDonald, Lindy Willmott; LBC 2018

- Australian Medical Liability 4th edition, Bill Madden, Janine McIlwraith, Benjamin Madden; LexisNexis Australia 2021

- 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 2 weeks prior to the course. 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 students to complete.




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.


2021 fees as a guide (subject to change)

ACLM members - AUD $850 (inc. GST)

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






RACGP Activity No. 306209 allocated 22 CPD points in the RACGP CPD program for the 2020-22 triennium.