Australia’s vaping train wreck: The Butler Plan to fix it and the devil in the detail
This post was written by Neil Francey, Research Affiliate, Sydney Health Law Australia’s Vaping Train Wreck Commonwealth Health Minister, Mark Butler MP, has announced that the Albanese Government is taking strong action to reduce smoking and stamp out vaping – particularly among young Australians – through stronger legislation, enforcement, education and support. This follows public…
Contraventions of the Australian Consumer Law in the promotion of e-cigarettes
This post was written by Neil Francey, Research Affiliate, Sydney Health Law In an article in The Conversation, “Sex and lies are used to sell vapes online. Even we were surprised at the marketing tactics we found”, published on 6 March 2023, Curtain University Professor Jonine Jancey notes that e-cigarettes are not harmless; they contain…
Doctors may soon get official ‘endorsements’ to practise cosmetic surgery – but will that protect patients?
People who are interested in exploring whether cosmetic surgery is appropriate for them are right to feel wary and confused. Now, the introduction of a scheme to officially endorse doctors who practise in the area of cosmetic surgery promises to allay patients’ doubts. But the idea remains contentious for those in the field.
Pokies: joyless, nasty, and on the way out?
This post gives a shout out to hotel owners who are ditching their pokies to create a more family-friendly atmosphere. And to executives of registered clubs who are resisting pressure to make gambling the heart and sole of the business plan for registered clubs: see here and here. Let’s be honest: pokies (also known as…
Global health law short courses
If you live on planet earth, you have a stake in global health law. This post draws attention to two upcoming short courses taught by global health law colleagues in Europe. Summer in Geneva? The University of Geneva will be hosting a course on International Law, Global Health and Global Justice on June 26-30, 2023.…
Regulating harmful cross-border advertising: can it be done?
How do governments prevent their citizens from being exposed to harmful online advertising which originates outside of their jurisdiction? Such advertising is referred to as cross-border advertising. Advertisers have taken advantage of a digitised, interconnected world to reach broad audiences (including children) across national borders.
Thinking about cosmetic surgery? At last, some clarity on who can call themselves a surgeon
Currently, doctors doing cosmetic surgeries can call themselves ‘surgeons’ without special training. But soon, the title will be protected.
Who’s the best doctor for a tummy tuck or eyelid surgery? The latest review doesn’t actually say
If you’re thinking about cosmetic surgery, how do you know which health practitioner to trust? A review of how cosmetic surgery is regulated in Australia, released today, may help consumers decide.
Alcohol causes 3 million deaths each year. Eliminating conflicts of interest is vital to bringing this number down
Alcohol causes three million deaths each year, including 13.5% of deaths amongst those aged 20-39 years. But the personal and economic costs of alcohol-related harm are not met by the alcohol industry.
Developed countries, dwindling national flexibilities, and access to essential medications during public-health emergencies
Developed countries have wound back the breadth and effectiveness of flexible obligations in international patent agreements.
This is why a Participation Agreement is essential: see how financial viability of travel agents was successfully regulated on a…