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 is Australia’s largest health law research group, and undertakes research into complex problems and emerging challenges in the fields of health law, ethics, technology, governance and public policy.
The Centre’s research focuses on three key areas of health law:
Researchers from the Centre engage in interdisciplinary research projects and produce publications with colleagues across Australia and internationally in the fields of ethics, philosophy, medicine, nursing, psychology, public health, health economics, political science, sociology and social work.
The Centre’s End of Life Research Program explores legal, ethical and policy issues in death, dying and decision-making. The program’s research in this field has influenced legal, policy and systemic reform resulting in improvements for patients, families, health professionals and health systems. The Centre’s areas of expertise in the law at end of life include:
- withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining medical treatment
- provision of futile treatment at the end of life
- advance care planning
- palliative care
- euthanasia and assisted suicide
- coronial systems and regulation.