The Health Law Intensive course has been postponed to 21 – 25 September 2020.
If by 17 July 2020, any of the below circumstances apply, the course will be further postponed until next year:
— The Alert Level does not allow for gatherings of more than 20 people
— There are restrictions around domestic travel
— There are insufficient numbers to run the course
Please continue to check this website for further updates.
The University of Otago’s Faculty of Law offers postgraduate-focused courses in Health Systems Law. This is of interest to senior clinicians, health board members, chief executives, and senior managers working in the health sector in Australia and New Zealand. Enrolment is also open to post-graduate law students and practising lawyers with an interest in the field of health law.
The 2020 course is in Wellington on 21–25 September 2020. Find all the information and the enrolment form below.
- 2020 Health Systems Law Intensive Course – overview and course details (PDF)
- Health Law Intensive enrolment form (PDF)
What to expect at the Health Law Intensive course
The course consists of 5 full days of intensive teaching. Each day includes lectures, case studies, and small group work, addressing the most important legal issues and challenges faced by the health sector.
Numbers are limited to allow plenty of interaction with presenters and other participants. A list of topics is set out below and in the attached brochure.
Participants will be expected to prepare for the course with pre-course reading, and will be assessed.
Who should attend?
You will benefit from this course if you are working in a senior role in the health sector. In particular, you should consider attending if you:
- Practise as a chief medical adviser, clinical director/leader or as a senior clinician in the New Zealand health sector (as a doctor, nurse, or other registered health practitioner)
- Serve as a board member, chief executive, or senior manager of a health sector organisation (including DHBs, private hospitals, and NGOs)
- Have worked as a senior clinician or manager in an overseas jurisdiction and wish to develop your knowledge of New Zealand health law
- Are undertaking vocational training with any of the Royal Australasian Colleges
- Are considering studying towards a postgraduate qualification in health law, such as a University of Otago Masters in Bioethics and Health Law
Course overview (with examples of topics covered)
Day 1 Health systems and the law
- Understanding health laws and the principles of statutory interpretation
- Identifying statutory roles of key health sector stakeholders
- Discussing health sector funding, procurements and contracting
- Regulating medicines
- New Zealand’s no fault compensation scheme
- Compulsory assessment and treatment
Day 2 Health consumers and the law
- Promoting and protecting patients’ rights under the Code of Rights
- Duty of care
- Obtaining informed consent
- Advance directives
- Enduring Powers of Attorney
- Right 7(4)/court orders
- Making healthcare decisions for children
Day 3 Health practitioners and the law
- Regulating health practitioners
- Managing concerns about health, competence, or conduct
- Key principles of employment law
- Collective bargaining
- Public health law
- Human Rights and the Health and Disability Sector
- Ensuring workplace health and safety
Day 4 Making good decisions in the provision of healthcare
- Health information privacy
- Official Information and PQAAs
- Prioritising in a resource constrained environment
- Complying with principles of natural justice and avoiding judicial review
- Preventing, managing and learning from complaints
- Major inquiries
- Advances in technology
Day 5 Health law and ethics
- Beginning of life
- Organ donation
- Withdrawal of treatment
- End of life
- Protecting the vulnerable
- Reporting of deaths and coronial inquiries