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A look into the LIV Disability, Elder and Health Law (‘DEHL’) Section

A look into the LIV Disability, Elder and Health Law (‘DEHL’) Section

By Legal Policy


The ‘DEHL’ Section comprises of three Committees: Disability, Elder and Health. These Committees were merged at the commencement of 2020, due to the overlap of interests and policy work.

Despite most Committee meetings occurring remotely during 2020, the DEHL Section have successfully continued to work collaboratively. Some examples include:

LawWeek: Untangling Powers of Attorney, Medical Treatment & Guardianship Laws
This free LawWeek webinar featured speakers from the DEHL Section, and provided an overview of powers of attorney, medical treatment decision-making and guardianship laws. These key terms are central to the ‘DEHL’ vocabulary, and have formed the basis for many LIV professional development events.

Advocating for a referral of the Human Tissue Act 1982 (Vic) to the Victorian Law Reform Commission
In February 2020, the Chairs of the Health and Elder Committee, along with a representative of DonateLife Victoria, attended a meeting with the Chief Advisor to the Health Minister Jenny Mikakos to discuss a referral of the Human Tissue Act 1982 (Vic) to the Victorian Law Reform Commission. The LIV drafted a proposed Terms of Reference, and was invited to participate in further consultation.

Aged Care Royal Commission submission
The Elder Law Committee has made several submissions this year which highlight how aged care facilities have failed to provide a high quality of care.

Disability Royal Commission submission
The Disability Law Committee is currently drafting a submission to the Royal Commission. Using practitioners’ real-life case studies, the submission seeks to draw attention to the variety of ways in which people with disabilities face violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation in institutional settings.

Law Institute Journal article – ‘Flattening the curve: Why the law should allow for compulsory testing in a pandemic’
Members of the Health and Elder Law Committee combined forces to produce an article about compulsory testing during a pandemic. The article examines the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (Vic) and whether compulsory testing and detention is consistent with human rights. The article will be published in the October edition of the Law Institute Journal.

How to join the DEHL Section
Please email the Section’s Policy Lawyer, Michelle Luarte at specifying which Committee you would to join, with an updated resume (personal information redacted) and a short description of why you would like to join.


Authors: Michelle Luarte (LIV Policy Lawyer) and Alex Laurence (LIV Policy Paralegal) to DEHL

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