The Medico-Legal Society of Victoria



The Medico-Legal Society of Queensland Annual Conference will be held 18-19 August 2017, at the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort.  This year’s theme, When Yes Means No, focuses on the issue of consent to medical treatment.  The complexities confronting medical practitioners, at risk of regulatory action or civil suit despite consent apparently being garnered from the patient, will be closely examined.


Our highly respected presenters will address the legal framework and methods and limitations of consent in various settings:

  • experienced practitioner v junior doctor,
  • mental health patients,
  • vulnerable persons,
  • complicated clinical settings,
  • young people, and
  • the elderly.


A stimulating exchange of knowledge and viewpoints is anticipated during the Q&A segments and final afternoon debate, Bring Back Paternalism: Informed consent is a sham.  Emeritus Professor Roly Sussex OAM, well known to many as an inter-cultural linguist, will deliver the conference after-dinner address.


Click here to view the brochure. The registration form may be completed on screen, saved as a PDF file and emailed to the secretariat. The early bird registration deadline is Friday 14 July 2017.

Further information: or 07 3871 0595



The Australian Centre for Health Law Research is delighted to announce the launch of its new website End of Life Law in Australia at Please feel free to circulate this email and the attached brochure to your colleagues, organisation and networks.

About the website

End of Life Law in Australia is designed to provide practical legal information for patients, families, health and legal practitioners, the media, policy makers and the broader community about Australian laws (by jurisdiction) relating to death, dying and end-of-life decision-making. The website covers key areas of interest including advance directives, guardianship, withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment, palliative care, organ donation and assisted dying and euthanasia, with links to external resources in each Australian State and Territory.

Subscribe and receive updates

End of life Law in Australia also has a Recent Developments webpage which is regularly updated with information about legal and policy developments in the end-of-life field. Should you wish to subscribe for updates, please email with the words ‘subscribe website’ in the subject line.

Legal overview brochure –

We also attach for your information a brochure which provides an overview of the fundamental legal concepts relating to the law at end of life.

We welcome any feedback and suggestions about how to improve the website, and invite you to contact us any time.

Thank you for your consideration. We hope End of life Law in Australia is of interest, and a valuable resource for you.

Kind regards,

Professors Ben White and Lindy Willmott



The Medico Legal Society of the United Kingdom


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