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Life insurance industry bans itself from using genetic test results

Thursday 8 August 2019
An Australia-wide, industry-imposed freeze on the use of genetic information in life insurance applications has come into effect.

Leaving no one behind: using law to achieve universal health coverage

Friday 5 April 2019
World Health Day is marked annually on 7 April and this year the theme is Universal Health Coverage (UHC), highlighting the urgent need for all people, including those affected by cancer, to have access to the quality health services they need, when and where they need them, without financial hardship.

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.

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Globally, and at home, we need a plan to reduce cancer inequalities

Tuesday 27 August 2019
Social inequalities range from how common cancer risks are, to access to pain and palliative care, to early detection and screening programs, to access to treatment, as all these factors compounds the inequalities between countries.

Life insurance industry bans itself from using genetic test results

Thursday 8 August 2019
An Australia-wide, industry-imposed freeze on the use of genetic information in life insurance applications has come into effect.

McCabe Centre and University of Melbourne strengthen collaboration

Thursday 13 June 2019
The McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer and University of Melbourne have strengthened an ongoing collaboration with Director, Jonathan Liberman, taking up an appointment as Associate Professor in Law and Global Health.

McCabe Centre's 9th International Legal Training Course

Monday 10 June 2019
Last month, the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer welcomed 27 participants from 19 countries to Melbourne, Australia for its 9th International Legal Training Course.

World No Tobacco Day: Don't let tobacco take your breath away

Friday 31 May 2019
Today is World No Tobacco Day and the focus is on tobacco and lung health, highlighting the negative impact that tobacco has on people’s lung health, and the fundamental role lungs play for the health and well-being of all people, everywhere.