Health Legal Report Case Law Updates Medico-Legal FAQ


To keep our clients abreast of legal issues Health Legal regularly publishes:

Health Legal also produces a handbook for Victorian health service staff:

See also our Current News and Published Articles pages.

Health Legal Report

This report is distributed to clients free of charge and provides information on current legal issues in the health, community services and aged care sectors. The latest copy of the Health Legal Report can be accessed below.

If you would like to be included on our distribution list for this report, please contact us 03 9865 1300 or email

Published Articles

For published articles please click here.


Current News

For current news and relevant articles please click here.


Frequently Asked Medico-Legal Questions

Health Legal (in conjunction with Austin Health) has developed a handbook covering all of the medico-legal questions which are frequently asked by health service staff. The handbook covers more than 100 pages and focuses on the needs of the Victorian public and private health sectors.

Specifically, the handbook covers a wide range of topics, including consent, refusal/withdrawal of treatment, patient privacy/confidentiality and dealing with adverse events and patient complaints.

The handbook is updated every 6 months and is provided on a disk so that it can be placed on an organisation’s intranet.

For further information on the handbook, please contact Anne Howard on 03 9865 1311 or email


Case Law Updates

Health Legal also publishes a Case Law Update. Each quarter we summarise the key cases that have considered the legislation that impacts on our clients, as well as other areas of risk.

This Case Law Update reflects the requirements of NSQHS Standard 1.1.1, which require organisations to be kept regularly and reliably updated on relevant case law.

In addition to the areas covered by the Compliance Register, the Case Law Update covers new case law throughout Australia in relation to:

  • Consent and informed decision-making
  • Medical negligence
  • Contracts
  • Clinical and corporate governance.

For further information on this service (including cost), please contact us on 03 9865 1300 or email