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Health Law Committee

The Health Law Committee makes submissions on proposed changes in the area of health law.

About Us

The Health Law Committee (HLC) started life in 1993 as the Biological and Medical Issues Committee.

It was initially an ad hoc committee established to examine a range of issues of a medico-legal nature, including issues relating to consent, confidentiality and research involving human participants. A substantial focus of the committee was, and has remained, the interface between medical ethics and law.

Our People

Adam Lewis is the convenor of the Health Law Committee. Adam is a Wellington-based barrister whose primary area of practice since 1993 has been personal injuries and health law. He has been a legal adviser to multi-national health practitioner indemnity organisations and insurers in United Kingdom and New Zealand. Adam is the co-author of Laws of New Zealand reissue of the Coroners title (2012).

The HLC members have a wealth of knowledge and expertise in health law.

  • Dr Jonathan Coates
  • Meenal Duggal
  • Holly Hedley
  • Dr Fiona McCrimmon
  • Amanda Mark

NZLS contact: Lucette Kuhn, Law Reform Adviser
DX SP20202 or PO Box 5041, Wellington 6145

Recent Work

In the past 18 months, the HLC has continued to monitor legislative proposals in relation to health law.

The committee contributed to NZLS submissions on Increasing rates of deceased organ donation and the Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Bill.

The committee continues to liaise with the Ministry of Health regarding the proposed reform of the Medicines Act 1981 and this legislative reform will be a specific focus in the coming two-year term.

Get Involved

Appointments are made to this committee biennially. If you have a passion for law reform, skills, interest and expertise in health law and the time and energy to commit, then get involved.

Membership of this committee allows you to play an important role in health law reform and is an excellent basis for professional development as well as collegiality and networking.

Additionally, substantive contribution to NZLS law reform may count towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Applications for the 2017 appointment round have closed. The next appointment round will be in mid-2019.

Last updated on the 25th January 2019