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Health Law Committee

The Health Law Committee (HLC) started life in 1993 as the Biological and Medical Issues Committee. This 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, as well as advising a number of health regulatory authorities. 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
  • Amanda Mark
  • Dr Fiona McCrimmon

Recent Work

In the past 18 months, the committee has contributed to NZLS submissions on the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Amendment Bill, the Ministry of Health’s draft National Ethical Standards for Health & Disability Research, and the End of Life Choice Bill.

Get Involved

Appointments are made to this committee biennially. 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.

Applications have now closed and appointments will be announced in September. Appointments are for a two-year term starting September 2019.

Last updated on the 30th July 2019