Health and Ageing

With a dedicated Health and Ageing industry group of specialist lawyers, we have worked as a strategic adviser to key players in the health and ageing sector for many years. We understand emerging industry trends, the drivers for government policy and industry regulation, and the day-to-day issues facing organisations operating in the health and ageing industry sectors.

Our international multi-disciplinary industry group involves lawyers with direct health and ageing sector experience. Our genuine understanding of the issues facing organisations operating in this environment enables us to deliver practical, commercial solutions.

Our clients include public and private hospitals, government health departments, health insurers and funders, pathology and radiology providers, retirement village owners and operators, aged care facilities, health professional registration boards, industry bodies, regulatory agencies, pharmaceutical companies and research organisations.

We advise on the full spectrum of legal needs including health legislation and regulation; health law and advisory; mergers and acquisitions; medical research and intellectual property; human resources and industrial disputes; health infrastructure; competition policy; medical malpractice; coronial inquests; risk management; commercial litigation; health policy and reforms; ehealth; privacy and health information.

8 August 2016

Information is critical to the conduct of health and medical research. Higher education institutions regularly collect, use, disclose and hold information, including health information, for research purposes. The richness and availability of information sources for research purposes, together with the ease with which data can cross jurisdictions, and the ability to mine and analyse it, all require researchers and human research ethics committees to engage directly with a complex range of multi-jurisdictional privacy obligations.

26 February 2016

Increased deal activity is likely in Australia's health and aged care sector in 2016, driven by investment interest from China, Australian players targeting outbound opportunities through joint ventures and partnerships and consolidation in the aged and home care services areas.

22 May 2015

China's State Council has issued plans for three new Pilot Free Trade Zones in Guangdong, Tianjin and Fujian, and the expansion of its Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone. It also updated its foreign investment negative list and announced trial procedures for national security review of foreign investment in all free trade zones.  The expansion of China’s free trade zone program is set to advance the country’s financial reform journey and improve its ability to compete with more established rivals in the Asia-Pacific region.

13 January 2015

Following a spate of decisions in 2014 on patent licences the Federal Court of Australia announced two further decisions which provide additional guidance to parties to a patent licence. Both of these decisions are a reminder that in addition to contract law, the parties to a licence of Australian patents should consider the relevant provisions of the Patents Act 1990.

28 October 2014

At the CPR International Conference, distinguished panellists debated issues for the implementation of competition principles in human services – health, education and welfare delivery. They raised concerns around the application of competition principles to human service delivery.