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Global Health and the Law

Professor Belinda Bennett is interested in talking to students who wish to undertake research on global health and the law, including the Sustainable Development Goals, legal issues related to global health governance, global public health, and health and human rights.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Faculty of Law
School
School of Law
Research centre(s)

Australian Centre for Health Law Research

Decision-making with Dementia: Clinical vs human rights perspectives on consent and capacity

Around 400,000 Australians currently live with dementia. This will rise to around 1.1 million by 2056. People with dementia will usually experience a gradual decline in cognitive capacity and ability to make decisions.Over the past decade there has been an international push to recognise and maintain - for as long as possible - the decision-making rights of people with disabilities (including dementia) through the concept of ‘supported decision-making’. This has primarily been led by human rights advocates and academics in …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Law
School
School of Law
Research centre(s)

Children's health law

Associate Professor Shih-Ning Then is interested in talking to students with interests in the areas of consent to treatment, special medical procedures, parental decision-making in health care, bioethics, assisted reproductive technology, pre-implementation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and embryo selection, or children as tissue donors.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Faculty of Law
School
School of Law
Research centre(s)

Australian Centre for Health Law Research

Substitute decision-making and supported decision-making laws

Associate Professor Shih-Ning Then is interested in talking to students with interests in the areas of guardianship and substitute decision-making, supported decision-making laws and practice, or healthy decisions by and for those with decision-making impairments.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Faculty of Law
School
School of Law
Research centre(s)

Australian Centre for Health Law Research

Understanding the profile and experiences of experts providing expert opinion in Emergency Department-related medical litigation matters

Expert opinion plays a key role in medical litigation. It is important for establishing breach of duty and causation.Previous research suggests that medical practitioners providing expert opinions are unrepresentative of the general profession (older, male and academic) and may have limited experience of the clinical context in question.However, research in the specific context of emergency department experts is limited. This project considers:RQ1: Who are the ‘experts’ providing expert opinion in Emergency Department-related medical litigation matters and what are the experts’ …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Law
School
School of Law
Research centre(s)

What makes a good expert opinion in medical litigation?

Written expert opinions have a key role in medical litigation. They are important for establishing breach of duty and causation.Anecdotally, it is reported that the quality of written opinions vary considerably. There have been recent examples of experts being disciplined in relation to their expert reports. There have also been developments in the law relating to civil liability of experts in negligence and the scope of expert immunity.This project will identify the regulatory framework governing expert witnesses and undertake a …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Law
School
School of Law
Research centre(s)

End of life decision making

Professor Ben White is interested in talking to students who wish to undertake research in the topics of end of life decision making, euthanasia and assisted suicide, withholding and withdrawing life sustaining treatment, advance care planning, adult guardianship or consent to medical treatment.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Faculty of Law
School
School of Law
Research centre(s)

Australian Centre for Health Law Research

Voluntary Assisted Dying and Depression

Voluntary assisted dying (VAD) is a topic that attracts significant debate, especially so as a number of jurisdictions, including Queensland, consider its legalisation. One issue that has caused controversy is whether VAD should be available for people suffering from mental illnesses. Critics of VAD argue that it will lead to vulnerable people ending their lives unnecessarily. In particular, it is argued that people suffering depression will be likely to seek, and in some cases, be given access to VAD, but …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Law
School
School of Law
Research centre(s)

Voluntary Assisted Dying

Ben White is interested in supervising PhD students in the area of voluntary assisted dying. Voluntary assisted dying is now legal in Victoria with Western Australia's law due to commence in mid-2021. Other Australian states look set to follow with a Queensland Parliamentary Committee recommending reform and Bills regularly introduced into other state parliaments. These new laws and their implementation provide fertile ground for PhD research. The Australian Centre for Health Law Research is undertaking a program of research looking …

Study level
PhD
Faculty
Faculty of Law
School
School of Law
Research centre(s)

Australian Centre for Health Law Research

How should the law distinguish between people who can make legally effective decisions and those who cannot?

Dr Sam Boyle is looking for candidates wanting to explore the ethical and legal issues that the issue of capacity gives rise to. In particular, candidates may want to consider how the law can validly incorporate medical understanding of mental functioning into the legal sphere.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Faculty of Law
School
School of Law
Research centre(s)

Australian Centre for Health Law Research

Supported and Substitute Decision-making

Associate Professor Shih-Ning Then is looking for PhD/MPhil candidates wishing to explore legal and policy responses to decision-making by, and on behalf of, adults with a decision-making impairment. Candidates with an interest in the human rights concept of supported decision-making and legal responses to this are encouraged to contact the supervisor. Doctrinal, comparative or empirical approaches to investigating these issues are possible.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Faculty of Law
School
School of Law
Research centre(s)

Australian Centre for Health Law Research

Involuntary Treatment for Mental Illness: Under what circumstances is it ethically justified?

Dr Sam Boyle is looking for candidates wanting to explore the ethical and legal issues associated with providing involuntary treatment for people with mental illnesses. Candidates may explore this issue in relation to ethics, human rights, or any other relevant angle, including an international comparative approach.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Faculty of Law
School
School of Law
Research centre(s)

Australian Centre for Health Law Research

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