LAW INTENSIVE 2  - Late 2022
(Date & location TBC)


(Formerly named Advanced Law INtensive)

19 & 20 November 2022

Sofitel Noosa, QLD


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 2022 Law Intensive 2 program below:


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.


Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort
14-16 Hastings Street, Noosa Parade, Noosa Heads QLD 4567

- We recommend booking travel and accommodation which has flexible cancellation policies in case of COVID-19 impacting your ability to travel.
- Secure parking is available beneath the Hotel. The following parking charges are applicable on a daily basis.
- Self-parking $25.00 per vehicle, per night and Valet parking $35.00 per vehicle, per night.
- The closest airport is the Sunshine Coast Airport at Maroochydore (MCY). It is a 30 minute drive to the Sofitel Noosa. Shuttle services are available through Con-X-ion Airport Transfers.

Accommodation at the venue is available, or many other apartments, hotels and rentals in the nearby area. Details about the Sofitel Noosa accommodation will be sent via email following registration.


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.

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). 


2022 Fees:

ACLM members - AUD $950 (inc. GST)

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


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.


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?
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.


ACLM will follow government COVID safety requirements for holding this event. Please check our website regularly to ensure you comply with the latest COVID-19 safety instructions.

Queensland Government no longer requires events to have a COVID Safe Event Checklist. From the 14th April 2022, guests are also no longer required to check in or show their vaccination status.

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 close contact with a person who is positive with COVID-19. Remote attendance will be available.

Maintain physical distancing where possible. Please stay within your chosen seat where practical. The room is 96m2 for 24 attendees = 4m2 per person.

Bring a face mask. Even if face masks are no longer mandatory, we still recommended bringing and wearing a face mask when social distancing is not possible or if you prefer to wear one.

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

It is your responsibility to check and abide by the latest border, travel and quarantine restrictions to ensure you are safe and able to travel to and from this event.

The venue, Sofitel Noosa, is implementing the following COVID safety measures:

- Increased cleaning standards via the ALLSAFE. Cleanliness & Prevention program which represents some of the most stringent cleaning standards & operational protocols in the world of hospitality

- Comprehensive staff health checks, with meticulous employee safety and hygiene training

- Full information can be viewed here -


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