Health law


The Australian Centre for Health Law Research is a specialist health law centre within QUT's Faculty of Law. We generate new knowledge, evidence and insights to enhance health and legal policy and practice, and improve health outcomes.

We undertake research into a broad range of health law issues including end of life decision-making, regulation of children's health and the beginning of life, the governance and regulation of health care, as well as ethical and policy issues relevant to these topics.


Research excellence

ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) 2012 score:
  • 4 (above world standard)
ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) evaluates the quality of research undertaken in Australian universities against national and international benchmarks.

Research income

We have achieved outstanding success in obtaining nationally competitive grants, such as Australian Research Council Linkage and Discovery grants.  We also receive significant funds through government and industry partnerships.

For more on our current grants, refer to our projects listed under the Projects tab.


Our research is widely published in academic books, journals conference papers and reports.


Our members and researchers have productive collaborative partnerships and relationships with colleagues and research centres across Australia and globally, including in the USA, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, China, India and Indonesia.

We are interested in continued development of national and international partnerships and invite you to contact our directors, Ben White and Lindy Wilmott to discuss opportunities to collaborate.


Our research makes a significant impact on the legal and health professions, and ultimately the community.  These are just some examples of how we make a difference.

Reforming the law at the end of life

Our researchers are shaping end-of-life law, policy and practice. Law reform commissions from around Australia as well as overseas have relied on our findings in recommending reform.  The Queensland Guardianship and Administration Tribunal (now QCAT) adopted a new approach to these cases based on our research. Federal and state end-of-life policy has also been informed by our research.

Mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect

Associated Professor Ben Matthews completed the first national Australian study of mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect.  The findings were presented findings to the Commonwealth and state governments across Australia. He also produced a comprehensive report on mandatory reporting laws for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.