Law School

Health Law and Ethics (HLE) Hub


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Judy Allen

Theodore Bennett

Meredith Blake

Robyn Carroll

Catherine Kelly

Brenda McGivern

Sarah Murray

Daniel Stepniak

Stella Tarrant

Tamara Tulich

Murray Wesson


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The Health Law and Ethics Hub has been established in the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Australia as a focus for interdisciplinary research in health law and ethics.

The HLE Hub brings together academic staff who engage in research and teaching in health law and ethics. The intersection of health, law and ethics raises fundamental questions about rights and responsibilities, for example in relation to the body, the beginning and end of life, the provision of health care and biomedical research.  Our members have a wide range of expertise and experience in health law, clinical ethics and research ethics and welcome interdisciplinary collaborations.


Members of the HLE Hub are engaged in a wide range of research projects (individually and in collaboration with others) and have interests across a range of areas involving different aspects of public health, medical decision making, medicine and the law.

  • Medical decision making at the end of life
  • Reproductive technology
  • Medical decision making for people with impaired decision making ability
  • Health care as it relates to the elderly
  • Welfare and best interests
  • Participation in research biobanks
  • Privacy and confidentiality of health information
  • Regulation of access to administrative data for health research
  • Regulation of bodies and the legal status of body alteration practices
  • Civil mental health law and practice
  • Open disclosure and the application of apology legislation to medical adverse events
  • Historical interaction of legal systems, medicine and science
  • Professional registration and regulation

Institutional Links

Our members have established links with government departments, health care providers and medical research institutions as consultants, advisors, and through service on committees, tribunals and boards including:

  • The Reproductive Technology Council
  • Clinical Ethics Service for the Women's and Children's Health Service (WA)
  • The Department of Health WA and the UWA Human Research Ethics Committees
  • The Population Health Research Network
  • The State Administrative Tribunal
  • The Mental Health Review Board
  • The Ethics Committee of the Genetic Council of WA


Members of HLE Hub teach in courses offered by the UWA Faculty of Law and by other faculties and give invited presentations on medico legal topics to health care professionals, legal practitioners and the public. 

Undergraduate units

  • LAWS3324 Medicine and the Law 
  • LAWS2220 Birth Life and Death and the Law
  • SCIE2210 Social Responsibility in Action

Postgraduate units

  • LAWS8324 Medicine and the Law
  • LAWS9324 Medicine and the Law

Visiting Scholars

The UWA Faculty of Law hosts a number of Visiting Scholars from outside Western Australia each year.  The HLE Hub encourages applications from health law and ethics academics and researchers. UWA visiting scholar program; Policy No. UP07/178