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The Cyberspace Law and Policy Series 2003

Continuing Legal Education conference on

Legal Challenges in Cybermedicine and e-Health

Date 31 July 2003
Grace Hotel, Sydney

Registration form and pamphlet [PDF]

About the conference

After a relatively slow start, medicine and health services are going online at an increasing pace. This event explores the frameworks which govern cybermedicine and health services on the Internet, and investigates examples where there is particular tension between new technical capabilities and traditional safeguards and regulatory models protecting patients and consumers.

This is the latest of a series of continuing legal education conferences run by the Baker & McKenzie Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre at the UNSW Law Faculty. It will assist legal and medical practitioners, researchers, policy and system developers, decision makers and others to keep abreast of the range of cyberspace and Internet legal issues affecting medicine and health.

Over a full day it will cover a range of topical areas:

      • Electronic medical records
      • Privacy of medical data
      • Authentication
      • Emerging technologies in e-health and cybermedicine
      • Liability in e-health
      • Online consumer medical information
      • Human genetic information

MCLE Units: per whole day 6 units, half day 3 units.

Draft Programme

Thursday 31 July 2003

9:00 am Introduction from the chair, David Vaile, executive director of the Centre

9:10 am World tour of e-Health record systems

Amanda Cornwall, NSW Health Care Complaints Commission

Electronic and online services in health and medical records are starting to make substantial impacts on the way patients approach treatment, health professionals deliver it and institutions collect and use information. This is an international overview of nationally significant e-health record systems.

10:00-10:50 Authentication of electronic medical records

Mark Mynott, Health Insurance Commission

Maintaining privacy of electronic health records raise particular challenges for verification of the identity and authority of users. This session looks at these e-authentication issues and the legal frameworks in which they are situated.

10:50 am Morning Tea

11:20-12:10 Access to electronic medical records - privacy

Natasha Mann, Privacy NSW

The emerging "electronic health record" poses particular issues for privacy of sensitive medical data; this session looks at how instruments like the new guidelines released by Privacy NSW affect issues such as rights to access the information, and ownership and rights over the data.

12:10-1:00 Protection of human genetic information - the ALRC report and beyond

Luigi Palombi, UNSW Law Faculty researcher in intellectual property issues in biomedical data

What legal issues arise out of the increasing capture and storage of human genetic information, especially when stored in networked databases? The recently released final report 'Essentially Yours: The Protection of Human Genetic Information in Australia' by the ALRC is the starting point for this survey.

1:00 pm Lunch

2:00 Emerging cybermedicine technologies, and their risks and benefits

Steve Tipper, Centre for Health Informatics, UNSW Medical Faculty

Advances in technology such as telemedicine bring promise of new services to remote or distant patients, but there are questions about the risks and benefits. The Centre for Health Informatics (www.chi.unsw.edu.au) is involved in the development or assessment of many of these new technologies.

2:40 Principles of medical law and their potential applications to e-health

Christine Forster, Lecturer in Law and Medicine, UNSW Law Faculty

An outline of the general principles of medical law, and discussion of their potential application to e-health and cybermedicine.

3:20 Afternoon Tea

3:40 E-Health liability - presentations and discussion

Bill Madden, professional negligence partner, Slater and Gordon, and chair of medical negligence special interest group, Australian Plaintiff Lawyers Association

Ken Ramsay, partner and head of national health practice group, Deacons

Electronic health initiatives raise challenges and issues for medical negligence, both in terms of using such systems, and not using them. Recent developments and emerging trends for practitioners, system providers and patient advocates.

4:50 Online 'Consumer Health Information'

Helen Hopkins, Consumers Health Forum

The challenges of putting acceptable consumer health information online, and how availability of consumer medical information on the Internet is developing and being regulated.

5:30 pm Close


Date: 31 July 2003

Venue: Grace Hotel, 77 York Street (corner King Street) Sydney


Whole Day - $550.00 or
Half Day - $352.00. GST Inclusive

Course fees include tuition, materials, lunch and refreshments.

** Specials **
Postgraduate or undergraduate students, the unemployed, and community legal centre staff will receive a 25% discount on the normal fee charged for attending the event. Please indicate on the forms or during registration your status, and attach documentation.


Payment options accepted include Mastercard, Visa and Bankcard and cheques to be made out to "CLE".

You can register using one of the following options:-

Option 1

Download and print the Registration form [PDF], fill out the relevant details and send it into CLE.

Please address the mail to:

Faculty of Law, UNSW
Sydney NSW 2052

Option 2

Send an email to CLE (cle [at] unsw.edu.au), and include in the subject line 'Legal Challenges of Cybermedicine'.

Please include the following details in the body of the email:

  • Your Title and Name
  • Firm or Organisation
  • Occupation
  • Address
  • Telephone
  • Fax
  • Email
  • Whole day or half day (and if half day, AM or PM)
  • Payment details
    • Type of Credit Card <Mastercard, Visa or Bankcard>
    • Card Number
    • Expiry Date
    • Cardholder's name

Option 3

Call Robyn or Lisa at NSW CLE office on (02) 9385 2267 or (02) 9385 2195 and book by phone.

About CLE The CLE programme is an important link between the Law School at UNSW and the professional community. The programme consists of a series of quality short courses assisting lawyers, accountants, financial planners, executives and other professionals whose work demands up-to-date knowledge of, and skills in, the relevant areas.

Mandatory CLE Units NSW solicitors who find our programmes relevant to their immediate or long term needs in relation to their professional development and practice of law may claim MCLE units for their attendance at the seminars.

About the Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre - The centre, established within the Faculty of Law at UNSW, provides a focus for research, public interest advocacy and education on issues of law and policy concerning digital transactions in cyberspace. Baker & McKenzie (http://www.bakernet.com) are the founding supporters of the Centre.

About the Cyberspace Law and Policy Series - The Centre is hosting a series of events examining the public interest in cyberspace legal and policy issues, and some practical workshops on related legal procedure. The series includes both Continuing Legal Education conferences and workshops, and Symposia which bring together policy makers and legal and technical experts for round table discussions.

URL: http://www.CyberlawCentre.org/2003/cybermedicine.htm