Regulation of alcohol advertising is failing Australia’s young people: new research on the ABAC Code

Exposure to alcohol advertising influences the likelihood that young people will begin drinking, that those already drinking will increase their intake, or engage in risky drinking. Accordingly, the World Health Organization calls for regulation that reduces the impact of alcohol marketing on young people, including by addressing the content and volume of marketing, as well as … Continue reading Regulation of alcohol advertising is failing Australia’s young people: new research on the ABAC Code

Manslaughter by gross negligence, or systemic failure? Implications of the Dr Hadiza Bawa-Barba case for Australia

Sydney Law School and the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at the University of Sydney are co-hosting an evening seminar entitled “Manslaughter by gross negligence, or systemic failure?  Implications of the Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba case for Australia”. This event will be held at the Law School on Thurs 8 November, 6.00-7.30pm.  You can register here. … Continue reading Manslaughter by gross negligence, or systemic failure? Implications of the Dr Hadiza Bawa-Barba case for Australia

Update and summary guide to the WHO report: Advancing the right to health: the vital role of law

In September 2018 the World Health Organisation published an Update and Summary Guide to the report Advancing the Right to Health: the Vital Role of Law. [See here for a previous post on the full report]. The summary Guide, like the full report, was a collaboration between the World Health Organisation, International Development Law Organisation, … Continue reading Update and summary guide to the WHO report: Advancing the right to health: the vital role of law

Upcoming events: Protecting children from unhealthy food marketing – learning from the past, ideas for the future

Along with Cancer Council NSW and the Charles Perkins Centre's Food Governance Node, Sydney Health Law is hosting an event on regulation of unhealthy food marketing to children. Protecting children from unhealthy food marketing remains a hot topic, given increasing concern about children's diet-related health. In Australia, food marketing to children is regulated largely through … Continue reading Upcoming events: Protecting children from unhealthy food marketing – learning from the past, ideas for the future

Some recent cases on s 5O of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW)

Section 5O of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW) (CLA) introduced a modified version of the Bolam principle into the law of civil liability in NSW, extended to professionals other than medical professionals (the original subject of the principle). The effect of s 5O(1) is that a court is prevented from making a finding of … Continue reading Some recent cases on s 5O of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW)

Accessing assisted dying in Victoria: how will it happen, exactly?

Last November, Victoria passed the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act, becoming the first Australian State to legalise assisted dying. The Act comes into force on 19 June 2019. How will a person lawfully use the Act?  This post provides a brief walk through the procedure established by the Act. This is not the first time Victoria … Continue reading Accessing assisted dying in Victoria: how will it happen, exactly?

First, protect the child, then worry about the penitent sinner: South Australia’s new mandatory reporting legislation

South Australia is on a collision course with the Catholic Church hierarchy following passage of the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017. Chapter 5, Part 1 (ss 30-31), deals with reporting of suspicion that a child or young person may be at risk.  These sections come into effect on 22 October 2018, and impose … Continue reading First, protect the child, then worry about the penitent sinner: South Australia’s new mandatory reporting legislation

Public health law in the USA: What can Australia learn?

SEMINAR ANNOUNCEMENT:  Public Health Law and Health Leadership in the United States: What can Australia learn? Thursday 19 July, 6.00-7.30pm, Sydney Law School In 2016, life expectancy at birth in the United States fell for the second year in a row.  Since his inauguration in 2017, President Trump and his administration have taken a number … Continue reading Public health law in the USA: What can Australia learn?

Trump: the war on breastfeeding

The New York Times reports that US officials threatened to unleash trade sanctions and withdraw military aid from Ecuador unless it withdrew a resolution at May’s World Health Assembly calling on governments to “protect, promote and support breast-feeding”. The article is worth reading in its entirety. As the father of a currently breastfeeding infant, I … Continue reading Trump: the war on breastfeeding

Cracking the Codex: the new frontier for nutrition labelling

Previous Alexandra Jones, Global health lawyer and PhD Candidate at The George Institute for Global Health and the University of Sydney Dr Anne Marie Thow, Senior Lecturer in Health Policy at the University of Sydney Dr Carmen Huckel Schneider, Senior Lecturer, Health Policy at the University of Sydney and co-lead of the Health Governance and Financing Group and … Continue reading Cracking the Codex: the new frontier for nutrition labelling