A Foundation for a smoke-free world…funded by a cigarette multinational: more smoke and mirrors?

The Swiss like butter on both sides of their toast. Headquartered in Lausanne, half an hour’s train ride from the World Health Organisation in Geneva, you’ll find the headquarters of the world’s most profitable tobacco company, Philip Morris International (PMI). Makers of Marlboro and other global brands. A few years ago, at the end of … Continue reading A Foundation for a smoke-free world…funded by a cigarette multinational: more smoke and mirrors?

IVF stuff-ups and tort liability for loss of genetic affinity

Most of us know Singapore for its excellent airport, excellent food and other diversions.  But a recent decision of Singapore’s Court of Appeal, ACB v Thomson Medical, deserves attention. The case is noted here. In this case, a mistake was made in the process of an in vitro-fertilisation procedure involving a Singaporean Chinese woman and … Continue reading IVF stuff-ups and tort liability for loss of genetic affinity

Upcoming events: The Food Governance Showcase

On Friday the 3rd of November, Sydney Health Law is co-hosting the Food Governance Showcase at the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre. The Showcase will present new research from University of Sydney researchers and affiliates, examining the role of law, regulation and policy in creating a healthy, equitable, and sustainable food system. The Showcase … Continue reading Upcoming events: The Food Governance Showcase

Announcement: Sydney Law School, QUT combine in hosting health law masterclass

Sydney Health Law, the focal point for health law teaching and research at Sydney Law School, and the Australian Centre for Health Law Research at QUT, are co-hosting a health law masterclass at Sydney Law School on Friday 6 October, 9.00am-4.00pm. Click here for registration, and a preview of the program and of the presenters. … Continue reading Announcement: Sydney Law School, QUT combine in hosting health law masterclass

Liability for failure to effectively manage morbidly obese patients: it’s time to look again at Varipatis v Almario – here’s why

What should a GP do with a morbidly obese patient who is in denial about their weight problem? Although it involved a complex set of facts, it’s time to revisit Almario v Varipatis (No 2) [2012] NSWSC 1578, reversed on appeal (Varipatis v Almario [2013] NSWCA 76). Doctors should take no comfort in the fact … Continue reading Liability for failure to effectively manage morbidly obese patients: it’s time to look again at Varipatis v Almario – here’s why

Excluding bottled water, only 1.3% of food and beverage advertising across the Sydney train network is consistent with a healthy diet

New research from the Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders at the University of Sydney, and Sydney Law School, has investigated the quality of nutrition of food and beverage advertising on every station of Sydney’s metropolitan train network. Judged by revenues, outdoor advertising of food, on billboards and other advertising spaces, is … Continue reading Excluding bottled water, only 1.3% of food and beverage advertising across the Sydney train network is consistent with a healthy diet

Queensland’s Healthy Futures Commission

Health promotion in Queensland could receive a turbo-boost if the Healthy Futures Commission Queensland Bill 2017 is passed. This Bill illustrates a sometimes neglected aspect of public health law: use of law to build new institutions, to encourage partnerships, and to create a clear legislative mandate to address health challenges. The Healthy Futures Commission was an … Continue reading Queensland’s Healthy Futures Commission

Upcoming events: Engaging with Advocates

On Friday the 28th of July, Sydney Health Law is hosting Engaging with Advocates, along with the Food Governance Node and the Healthy Food Systems Node at the Charles Perkins Centre. This event aims to connect early career researchers with leading civil society advocates in order to foster collaboration and increase the impact of research. Representatives … Continue reading Upcoming events: Engaging with Advocates

Enabling the angels of death?

Draft voluntary euthanasia legislation, called the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 (NSW) has been released for public comment. Drafted by a cross-Parliamentary working group, it may be the closest contender yet for the legalisation of assistance-in-dying for people living in NSW who are suffering from a terminal disease. A short summary of the Bill appears … Continue reading Enabling the angels of death?

Promoting health goals in a self-regulating industry

Earlier this year I published an article on self-regulation of food marketing to children in Australia. I focused on two voluntary codes developed by the Australian food industry to respond to concerns about children's exposure to junk food advertising, and how it might affect their eating habits. My article pointed out the many loopholes in … Continue reading Promoting health goals in a self-regulating industry