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

Tuesday 22 January 2019
by Anita George, Manager - Prevention; Clare Slattery, Legal Research Officer; and Qiyu Lu, Intern
The first article in our series looks at the links between air pollution and NCDs and the need to address air pollution within health and broader sustainable development agendas. Read more >: Thinking outside the box: Increased global recognition of air pollution as an NCD risk factor

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. Read more >: McCabe Centre alumni return for the inaugural Alumni Workshop

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. Read more >: Plain Packaging Workshop to explore WTO Decision

Doctors and costs disclosure: Time for clearer standards

Wednesday 31 October 2018
by Tarishi Desai, Legal Research Officer; and Sondra Davoren, Manager - Treatment and Supportive Care
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. Read more >: Doctors and costs disclosure: Time for clearer standards

A legal duty for informed financial consent

Wednesday 24 October 2018
by Sondra Davoren, Manager - Treatment and Supportive Care; and Tarishi Desai, Legal Research Officer
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. Read more >: A legal duty for informed financial consent

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

Thursday 18 October 2018
by Tarishi Desai, Legal Research Officer; and Sondra Davoren, Manager - Treatment and Supportive Care
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. Read more >: Unexpected side effect: Out-of-pocket costs, financial toxicity and medical treatment

McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer designated as World Health Organization Collaborating Centre

Tuesday 4 September 2018
The McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer is now a designated World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Law and Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs), focusing on the effective use of law to prevent and control NCDs. Read more >: McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer designated as World Health Organization Collaborating Centre

Australia delivered third resounding legal victory in plain packaging laws

Friday 29 June 2018
by Jonathan Liberman
Australia has been delivered its third resounding legal victory in the defence of its tobacco plain packaging laws with release of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Panel Report overnight (Thursday, 28 June in Geneva). The Panel Report finds in favour of Australia, dismissing claims brought by Cuba, Dominican Republic, Honduras and Indonesia. Read more >: Australia delivered third resounding legal victory in plain packaging laws

McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer: New Strategic Plan 2018-2022

Friday 2 February 2018
by Jonathan Liberman
This World Cancer Day, we are excited to launch the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer’s new Strategic Plan for 2018-2022. Read more >: McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer: New Strategic Plan 2018-2022

Setting a price floor for alcohol: a look at the introduction of minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Scotland and the legal challenge to the measure

Friday 1 December 2017
by Clare Slattery
On 15 November 2017, the UK Supreme Court dismissed an appeal brought by the Scotch Whisky Association and two Belgian organisations, spiritsEUROPE and Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins (‘CEEV’) against Scottish legislation introducing a minimum unit price for alcohol. Clare Slattery looks at the challenge. Read more >: Setting a price floor for alcohol: a look at the introduction of minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Scotland and the legal challenge to the measure

Advance care directive completion and the conundrum of advance consent

Wednesday 18 October 2017
by Dr Deborah Lawson
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. Read more >: Advance care directive completion and the conundrum of advance consent

Comment on Derek Yach’s Lancet article Foundation for a smoke-free world

Monday 16 October 2017
by Jonathan Liberman
I was extremely surprised to learn that Derek Yach had cited a paper of mine in his recent Lancet piece, Foundation for a smoke-free world, about his new Philip Morris-funded foundation. I do not agree with Yach’s assertion and will hope to have his inaccurate reference to my article removed from his Lancet paper. Read more >: Comment on Derek Yach’s Lancet article Foundation for a smoke-free world

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

Thursday 5 October 2017
by Sondra Davoren, Senior Legal Policy Advisor
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. Read more >: Abuse of trust: the case of Belle Gibson and fake cancer cures

Philip Morris ordered to pay Australia for costs of defending tobacco plain packaging investment challenge

Thursday 27 July 2017
by Suzanne Zhou
On 13 July 2017, the tribunal constituted to hear Philip Morris Asia Ltd’s (PMA) investment treaty challenge against Australia’s tobacco plain packaging laws ordered PMA to reimburse Australia for costs involved in defending the case. Read more >: Philip Morris ordered to pay Australia for costs of defending tobacco plain packaging investment challenge

Court of Appeal of Kenya rejects BAT challenge to Tobacco Control Regulations

Thursday 6 April 2017
by Suzanne Zhou
On 17 February 2017, the Court of Appeal of Kenya at Nairobi upheld the High Court of Kenya’s dismissal of a legal challenge brought by British American Tobacco (BAT) to the Tobacco Control Regulations (2014), made under the Tobacco Control Act (2007). Read more >: Court of Appeal of Kenya rejects BAT challenge to Tobacco Control Regulations
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