Health and aged care in Australia reflects an ever changing and complex landscape in which governments, service providers, suppliers, owners and investors need informed and practical advice.

Whether your business runs large hospitals or aged care facilities, is creating specialist clinics, bio-tech companies or coordinating disability care and allied health services, we can provide the expert legal advice you need.

At the heart of our health and aged care experience are our many years of operating in these industries and shaping our advice to best meet your current and future business needs.

Our dedicated Health Industry Group is made up of our best lawyers in the health and aged care sectors who are attuned to the demands of these industries and will support the health of your business over the long term.

Public health

The public health sector continues to be a critical source of health care for many Australians. We draw on our experience with public health providers, including government departments, public hospitals and Medicare Locals (Primary Health Networks from 1 July 2015); to provide strategic advice that considers the social, economic and environmental determinants of health policy.

We advise on a broad spectrum of needs, including governance and risk strategies, commercial and procurement arrangements, employee and industrial relations as well as IP / IT requirements.  Our industry connections and intimate knowledge of the public health system means we have unrivalled industry experience.

Private hospitals, community health and disability services

Increasingly, government is turning to private service providers to expand the role they play within local and regional communities in the provision of private hospital care and community based health and disability services. From funding and procurement options, assistance with planning or property acquisition and development, we have the necessary expertise and experience.

Not-for-profit health and aged care providers are also widening the reach of their service delivery. We have a long history of working with not-for-profits and supporting their diverse needs.  Changes to government funding continue to present challenges and opportunities and we can help you navigate to a sustainable future whether organically as a stand-alone entity or through collaborations, alliances or partnerships.

Corporate health and specialist clinics

Through the provision of an array of specialist services and products, these businesses underpin the health sector. We help such organisations and clinics with a range of advice from structuring and regulation, compliance and governance to employment, tax, property, competition and private equity. We also specialise in E-health and corporate advice for those specialist groups looking to expand or which might be targeted by larger operators.

Aged care and retirement living

A rapidly ageing population is expected to see continued strong growth for the aged care sector in coming decades. However, with ongoing regulatory and operational changes and ageing baby boomers demanding higher quality services from in-home care to residential care, the demands on this sector will increase substantially. We are a leading national adviser to the aged care industry across all legal matters from finance, governance, employment relations, regulatory compliance to succession and sustainability.

Life sciences and biotechnology

Life sciences and biotechnology represent the future of health and medicine, from medical research to pharmaceutical companies – it is an industry of innovation and global opportunity. We act for a range ASX-listed life sciences companies, universities and research institutes. We provide advice on all aspects of health and life sciences, biotechnology, including intellectual property protection and commercialisation, venture capital and capital raising, as well as clinical and regulatory issues.

Private health insurance

Australia’s private health insurance coverage is expected to continue rising in coming years, increasing demand for health services. We have the depth of understanding of the industry and regulatory regime and can advise on a range of key issues for the sector from staffing and procurement needs, to the growing role of insurers as health providers and range of corporate and commercial services.