Course Title: Health Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Health Law

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2023


Open Learning Australia

Non Award

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Distance / Correspondence


Course Coordinator: Dr Tina Popa

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0128

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Law of Torts LAW 1020

Course Description

This course aims to provide you with an understanding of the health law principles in the Australian legal system. It examines social perspectives and determinants of health and the role of law and patient-doctor relations, including issues of medical decision-making. The course explores legal issues arising out of reproductive technologies, withdrawal and withholding of medical treatment and euthanasia. Organ and tissue donation, property in the human body and genetics are also explored, along with, mental health and public health issues in Australia and internationally.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development



On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of Health Law in Australia;
  2. Critically evaluate the Health Law system in light of contemporary legal issues and developments;
  3. Critically analyse and research complex problems relating to Health Law;
  4. Demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to justify and interpret professional decisions and identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues using legislation, case law and secondary source materials.

Overview of Learning Activities

To achieve the objectives in this course requires you to participate in various learning activities. These activities comprise of engaging in legal research by searching texts, legal databases, internet resources and law journals. You will read text material, case law and legislation. You will prepare written answers to fact-based health law problems and resolve ethical and legal questions within case study problems. 

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through the RMIT Learning Hub (Canvas). These include seminar slides, assessment details, links to relevant internet information, readings and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. If you require assistance with the RMIT library facilities contact the Business Liaison Librarian for your school. Contact details for Business Liaison Librarians are located online on the RMIT library website.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment alignment list below shows the assessment tasks against the learning outcomes they develop.

Assessment Task 1: 20% 
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 2: 30% 
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 4

Final Examination: 50% 
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.