The Australian Centre for Health Law Research is a specialist research centre within the Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. The Centre undertakes innovative, transdisciplinary research into complex problems and emerging challenges at the intersection of law, health, ethics, regulation, technology, and public policy.
The Centre’s research focuses on the key areas of End of Life; Health, Society and Regulation; Planning for Health Ageing; and Technology, Innovation and Health.
The Centre's End of Life Research Program focuses on legal, ethical and regulatory challenges in death, dying and decision-making, including:
- withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining medical treatment
- provision of futile treatment at the end of life
- capacity determinations for medical treatment at the end of life
- Advance Care Planning
- palliative care
- voluntary assisted dying and euthanasia
- organ and tissue donation.
The Program's academics collaborate with colleagues in Australia and internationally to produce high-quality research that makes a difference. We have been awarded competitive grants and contracts to conduct research, as well as training and education of health professionals.
The Program's research has had significant impact. Research outcomes have led to end of life law reforms, with recommendations adopted by parliaments, courts and tribunals, and law reform commissions. This work has also influenced state and national policy, prompting changes to clinical education in universities, hospitals and health departments, and improvements for individuals, families, health professionals and health systems.