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Doctors and costs disclosure: Time for clearer standards

Wednesday 31 October 2018
The final Perspective of the Informed Financial Consent series further explores the importance and meaning of informed financial consent, and suggests that the legal costs disclosure obligations placed on lawyers can serve as a model for a legal duty for doctors to discuss and disclose costs.

A legal duty for informed financial consent

Wednesday 24 October 2018
This second Perspective of the Informed Financial Consent series sets out the importance of informed financial consent to patients and why disclosing the costs of medical treatment is, and should be, part of a doctor’s duty of informed consent.

Unexpected side effect: Out-of-pocket costs, financial toxicity and medical treatment

Thursday 18 October 2018
In the first Perspective of the Informed Financial Consent Series we discuss how out-of-pocket costs are driving up the costs of cancer treatment and affecting Australians undergoing medical treatment for cancer.

Advance care directive completion and the conundrum of advance consent

Wednesday 18 October 2017
This blog is based on a paper that Dr Deborah Lawson presented at the International Conference on End of Life Law, Ethics, Policy and Practice in Nova Scotia, Canada, 13-15 September 2017. The paper considers whether medical involvement should be required in advance care directive completion, with a particular focus on whether there are relevant differences between advance refusal and advance consent.

Abuse of trust: the case of Belle Gibson and fake cancer cures

Thursday 5 October 2017
As the case of a health blogger who fraudulently profited from a fabricated account of beating cancer concludes, there is hope that new legislation in Victoria will put an end to dodgy cancer cure claims.

Cancer Voices Australia v Myriad Genetics Inc: Reflections on a Patent Controversy

Wednesday 11 September 2013
Should human cancer disposing genes be considered patentable inventions? What exactly is an ‘invention'? What impact would this have on patient healthcare and cancer research? How does Australia's patent law system operate? These were some of the questions I had to consider when analysing the Federal Court of Australia's historic ruling on the practice of ‘gene patenting' in Cancer Voices Australia v Myriad Genetics Inc during my internship with the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, undertaken earlier this year in partnership with the Melbourne Law School.

Making the law work better for people affected by cancer: employment

Wednesday 4 September 2013
While many employers are supportive when an employee is affected by cancer, retaining, returning to, or finding new employment can be difficult for some people who have or have had cancer. 

Making the law work better for people affected by cancer: support for travel for treatment

Friday 19 April 2013
Across Australia, as geographical isolation increases, cancer care is less accessible. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the further from a metropolitan centre a person with cancer lives, the more likely they are to die within five years of diagnosis. For some cancers, those who live remotely are up to 300% more likely to die within five years of diagnosis. In the second blog of our series, we outline some of the challenges for people who need to travel long distances for cancer treatment.

Making the law work better for people affected by cancer: a McCabe Centre issues paper

Tuesday 2 April 2013
Whether we're consciously aware of it or not, the law influences how people make decisions about health care, treatment and support. This is no different for people affected by cancer.

McCabe Centre: one year on

Monday 4 February 2013
Today, World Cancer Day, marks a year since the McCabe Centre commenced operation - as good a time as any for us to enter the blogosphere. We'll be blogging on a wide range of law-and-cancer issues over the months and years ahead, and running contributions from guest bloggers. So, please keep an eye on this page, and feel free to send us suggestions.

Recent Posts

Thinking outside the box: Challenges to addressing air pollution as a NCD risk factor

Tuesday 29 January 2019
In the third and final Perspective of our air pollution series we consider the obstacles to regulation of air pollution as a non-communicable disease risk factor.

Thinking outside the box: Policies and regulatory measures to address air pollution

Friday 25 January 2019
This is the second Perspective in our series on air pollution where we examine the legal and regulatory measures available to governments to address air pollution.

Thinking outside the box: Increased global recognition of air pollution as a NCD risk factor

Tuesday 22 January 2019
This first perspective in the air pollution series we look at the causes of air pollution; the connection between air pollution and NCDs; and the increasing recognition of the need to address air pollution within health and broader sustainable development agendas.

McCabe Centre alumni return for the inaugural Alumni Workshop

Thursday 20 December 2018
From 19 to 23 November, with support from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer held its inaugural Alumni Workshop in Melbourne, Australia.

Plain Packaging Workshop to explore WTO Decision

Wednesday 19 December 2018
In November, 27 government lawyers and policymakers from 24 countries joined the McCabe Centre in Melbourne for a one-week Plain Packaging Workshop on the World Trade Organization (WTO) Decision.