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 transdisciplinary, innovative research at the intersection of law, health, ethics, technology, and policy.
Researchers from the Centre undertake research projects and produce publications with colleagues across Australia and internationally. We have been awarded competitive grants, awards and contracts to conduct research and training.
Our research has had significant impact: our recommendations have been adopted by parliaments, courts and tribunals, and law reform commissions. Our 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.
The Centre’s research focuses on the key areas of End of life, Ageing and aged care, Health, society and regulation, and Technology, innovation and health. Our end of life research explores legal, ethical and policy issues in death, dying and decision-making including:
- withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining medical treatment
- provision of futile treatment at the end of life
- Advance Care Planning
- palliative care
- euthanasia and assisted dying
- coronial systems and regulation
- organ and tissue donation.