New Zealand Law Society - Health Law Committee

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

Holly Hedley is the convenor of the Health Law Committee. She is a Senior Associate at Buddle Findlay Wellington and has worked in Buddle Findlay's speciality health team since 2010. Holly advises public and private sector clients on the full range of health law issues including treatment and consent, mental health and addiction, investigations and adverse events and regulatory and public law matters.

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

  • Adam Lewis
  • Dr Jonathan Coates
  • Graham Beever
  • Iris Reuvecamp

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 will be called for in mid-2021, for the next 2-year term starting September 2021.

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