We have one of the leading Health and community legal practices in Australia. Many of our practitioners have either industry expertise or a clinical background.
Our Health & Community team advises the health, aged care, retirement living, lifesciences (pharmaceuticals, medical devices and health and medical research), disability, education and community service sectors.
With significant advances in medical technology, coupled with a growing population and better life expectancy, the Australian health & community sector is strong, with growth expected to continue.
With this comes a raft of legal issues including: regulatory advice, incorporation, corporate and commercial advice (including mergers and acquisitions), real property and infrastructure advice (including acquisition and development of the right sites), financing arrangements and capital raising, , drafting effective commercial agreements and taking the right approach to tax for your organisation.
In particular, people are at the centre of the health and community sector – whether they are the senior citizens, the disabled, the sick or the vulnerable, or the staff and carers who assist them. For management, it is vital that employment and industrial relations issues are dealt with in a way that recognises the nuances of the sector and balances the needs of all concerned.
Hall & Wilcox is a trusted advisor to health and aged care providers, medical practitioners, industry associations, health insurers, research organisations, clinics and hospitals, government and both for-profit and not-for-profit.
Areas of law in which we assist the sector include:
Advising on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate advisory and board advice, compliance with the Corporations Act and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act and capital raising, commercial agreements (including procurement) and intellectual property
The Health & Community sector is highly regulated. We regularly advise on legislation which regulates the sector including aged care, retirement living, disability, hospital and health services legislation, the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and Codes of Practice.
Our health law advice includes advising on consent, guardianship, advance care directives, human tissue legislation, health practitioner and therapeutic goods regulation etc.
Advising on employment contracts, awards, enterprise agreements, anti-discrimination and equal opportunity policies and issues, termination disputes, transfer of business issues, management of performance and misconduct issues, restructuring strategies and the implementation of workplace change, industrial relations litigation and immigration.
Advising on health, aged care, retirement living, disability and community housing infrastructure projects, including preparing documents for retirement village developments, sales, purchases, acquisitions and subdivisions and preparing and negotiating agreements.
Mergers and acquisitions, corporate advisory and board advice, compliance with the Corporations Act and capital raising.
Acting for lenders and borrowers in syndicated loan agreements and preparing operating and equipment lease finance transactions.
Advising on fringe benefits, payroll tax, PAYG and WorkCover issues, corporate restructures, mergers, acquisitions and disposals, indirect tax such as GST and planning and property taxes such as land tax.
We draft and advise on privacy laws and privacy complaints and draft privacy policies and compliance documents and management and employee training programs.
We act for medical defence organisations, workers compensation insurers, act for health care providers and health professions Australia wide in a broad range of professional indemnity, public liability, product liability and disciplinary claims. We are a trusted advisor to our loyal client base. Our work extends from claims management to policy development and risk assessments.
Hall & Wilcox currently acts for over 16 approved Aged Care providers in relation to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.
We can also advise on issues around intellectual property, technology, insurance, disputes and debt recovery.
Hall & Wilcox, the Australasian College of Health Service Management and the Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association recently brought together experts from across the health and community sector for a seminar discussing the important issue of protecting the vulnerable in health, aged care, disability and community.
Click here to view our video seminar series.
Employment & Workplace Relations| 27 Nov 2020
Health & Community Law Alert: is the status quo out of step with community expectations? Fair Work Commission to hear case seeking pay rise for aged care employees
The Health Services Union has launched a case seeking to raise the minimum wages of all aged care employees covered by the Aged Care Award 2010 by 25%.
Corporate & Commercial| 24 Nov 2020
The Disability Royal Commission’s interim report highlights that much needs to be done to ensure that the human rights of people with a disability and respected and that Australia becomes a truly inclusive society. In this article, we examine the emerging themes and issues from the inquiry.
Thinking| 13 Nov 2020
We are proud to have provided pro bono support to Leading Age Services Australia and its members in LASA's submission on legal and regulatory issues to the Royal Commission on Aged Care Quality and Safety in response to counsel assisting’s final submissions.
Health & Community| 06 Nov 2020
Health & Community Law Alert: mandatory vaccines and COVID-19 – balancing public health and human rights
The vaccination debate used to be about the rights of parents to decide. But there are wider public health considerations. Has the vaccination debate shifted? Where do the human rights of the individual fit with social responsibility and obligation?