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PUBLIC HEALTH LAW AND POLICY Assessment Task – Legal case study addressing a public health issue

Background – For this assessment task you will write a case study, in   a report format, addressing the legislative and regulatory  requirements  of a contemporary public health issue. You are required to  select a  topic from the list provided below. If you have your own  topic that you  are interested in, you will need to first seek written  approval from the  Lecturer in Charge (LIC).

Purpose – To apply skills in policy and law to a proposed legislative   framework in the context of a simulated Parliamentary process

Instructions – Select one of the following public health topics:

1) A voluntary health warning scheme for alcohol containers was   implemented in Australia in 2011. Discuss the merits and disadvantages   of voluntary industry self-regulation as an approach to providing health   warnings for consumers on alcohol containers. In addressing this  topic,  you will need to discuss the literature about voluntary vs  mandatory  approaches to public health regulation as well as the  circumstances in  which the voluntary scheme was introduced and the  research evidence  about its effectiveness.

2) Discuss the regulation of electronic nicotine delivery systems   (e-cigarettes) in Australia. (Note: you will need to consider regulation   at both national and state/territory levels). To what extent is   Australia's regulation of e-cigarettes consistent with the Framework   Convention for Tobacco Control and the World Health Organization's   report on Electronic nicotine delivery systems (submitted to the sixth   session of Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on   Tobacco Control in 2014)?

3) Choose a health-related profession that is not currently   registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, such   as social work, speech pathology, dietetics or audiology. Discuss the   arguments for and against registration of this profession under the   Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, in comparison with other   regulatory approaches.

Presentation –

The assignment should follow a report-style format with an   introduction, number of sections and conclusion. Headings and   sub-headings should be used; they also provide clear 'signposts' to your   content.

In preparing a report, you should include:

1. A brief introduction (stating rationale, purpose and structure)

2. Number of sections (most of the report)

describe background and context (historical development, nature and   scale of the health problem, political and social context of the   legislation)

explain and analyse the legislative and regulatory framework of the topic

analyse the legislation in the context of changes and improvements (or otherwise) to public health outcomes

critique the roles and responsibilities of major stakeholders   (government, industry, non-government organisations, etc.) and what role   have they played in influencing this legislation? (if applicable)

analyse and explain whether the national legislation is consistent with international frameworks (if applicable)

explain the strategies adopted in implementing the legislation.

Note: The information in the body of the report will vary according to the topic selected for analysis.

3. Conclusion (1 paragraph)

Summaries key points and arguments, and discuss future implications   (if applicable). If appropriate, you may also include a number of   recommendations in the conclusion.

4. References

A list of references documenting the evidence used to support your   arguments, should be presented at the end of the report. Refer to   References below for additional details.

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