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Health Law Intensive course

The University of Otago’s Faculty of Law is pleased to offer this postgraduate-focused course. It is of interest to senior clinicians, health board members, chief executives, and senior managers working in the health sector. Enrolment is also open to post-graduate law students and practising lawyers with an interest in the field of health law.

2023 dates

Monday 28 August to Friday 1 September 2023

To enrol, please send the enrolment form to:


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.

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.
  • 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

Day 1: Health systems and the law

Day 2: Health consumers and the law

Day 3: Health practitioners and the law

Day 4: Making good decisions in the provision of healthcare

Day 5: Health law and ethics