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, 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) 2015 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 attract significant research income through the Australian Research Council's National Grants Program, other government funds and industry.

For more on our current grants, refer to our projects listed on our Projects page.


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


Our research falls broadly under the themes of end of life, children's health and beginning of life, and governance and regulation of health care.


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 has influenced and shaped law reform, policy and practice in Australia and internationally. Research findings have resulted in changes to legislation, health and social policy, clinical and legal practice, and education, benefiting government, industry and the community.

Some recent examples include:

  • influencing reforms to child abuse reporting in Queensland: Professor Ben Mathews' research into mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect was a key driver in the enactment of mandatory reporting laws for Queensland that require early childhood practitioners to report suspected child abuse, and the removal of statutory time limitations for compensation claims for victims of child sexual abuse
  • contributing to abortion law reform inquiries: our members contributed to parliamentary inquiries considering decriminalisation of abortion in Queensland
  • End of Life Law in Australia website: this new site assists patients, families, health and legal practitioners, the media, policymakers and the broader community to access information about Australian laws relating to death, dying and decision-making at the end of life.