Personal details

Associate Professor Tina Cockburn
Associate Professor
Faculty of Law,
Law School
Discipline *
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Identifiers and profiles

LLM (Queensland University of Technology), LLB(Hons) (University of Queensland), BCom (University of Queensland)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Co-Director of the Australian Centre for Health Law Research
  • Queensland Law Society Health and Disability Law Committee
  • Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law
  • Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners

elder financial abuse, elder law, equity and trusts, medical law, medical negligence, powers of attorney, succession law, tort law, ACHLR, health law

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Tina Cockburn is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the Queensland University of Technology and a Co-Director of the Australian Centre for Health Law Research. Prior to her appointment in the Faculty of Law, Tina was a solicitor in private practice at Feez Ruthning Lawyers, Brisbane (now Allens Linklaters) in the areas of commercial property, trusts and estates law. Accredited by Staff and Educational Association (UK) – SEDA – in 1998 following completion of the Graduate CertEd (Higher Ed), Tina was the recipient of the 2009 Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2007 Law Faculty Award for Achievement in Research. Tina has researched, published and taught undergraduate and postgraduate students in the areas of Equity, Trusts, Torts, Health Law and Elder Law for over 25 years.

Tina’s health law research focuses on the legal rights and remedies of vulnerable members of society in two broad contexts:

a) patient safety law – focusing on medico-legal issues arising out of adverse medical outcomes and the communication of information, including patient consent and post treatment open disclosure, medical litigation (including negligence, trespass, & intentional torts), regulation of health care professionals and the regulation of innovative medical treatment and new technologies.

b) elder law – including equitable claims in relation to property; trusts and estate planning including enduring powers of attorney; elder financial abuse; housing and retirement villages.

Tina’s work has been published in a range of quality international journals, she has presented at a numerous international conferences  and  she has received grants and contracts to conduct research.

Tina is an active member of the national legal profession and is regularly invited to contribute to the continuing legal education programs of legal practitioners and other professionals including doctors and allied health care providers, by presenting conference papers and workshops, and by publishing articles in professional journals.

Research interests

  • Health Law
  • Elder Law
  • Equity
  • Trusts
  • Tort Law – particularly Medical Negligence and Trespass and Intentional Torts

Research Funding

  • The Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) – Priority Projects Program (2009-2011) $215,000 Developing a systematic, cross-disciplinary approach to teaching and assessing reflective writing in higher education (M Ryan, M Ryan, N Bahr, S Carrington, T Cockburn, M Shirley, C Collis, R Nash, I Larkin CIs)
  • Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) (2015-2017) $59,590 Liability v Inovation: Unpacking Key Connections (T Keren-Paz, T Cockburn, A El Haj, M Fay and R Goldberg CIs)
  • Queensland Aged and Disability Advocacy Inc (2017) $21,007 Examining access to justice for those with an enduring power of attorney (EOPA) who are suffering financial abuse (C Cross, K Purser and T Cockburn CIs)
  • Queensland Genomics Health Alliance (2017-2019) $479,636 ELSI- Address the ethical, legal and social policy challenges associated with the delivery of genomics into everyday healthcare (N Waddell, B Bennett, J Devereux, J McGaughran, D Whiteman, Dr Sashika Naidoo, G Pratt, F McDonald, D Butler, T Cockburn, A Daly, A McGee, M Rimmer, M Smith, S Then, J Jacobs, M Brown, K Hussey, D Morrison, X Li, S Bronitt, L Connelly, K Nichols, J Lamont, D Rowell, A Crowden, J Savulescu, A Newson, M Otlowski, D Nicol, E Kowal, and N Stepanov CIs)
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Tina Cockburn.


Units currently taught: Undergraduate LLB205 Equity and Trusts Postgraduate LWN166 Consent to Treatment and Medical Negligence; LWN149 Conception Birth and the Law; LWN164 Healthcare Law and Ethics; LWN162 Australian Common Law  PhD supervision

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Tina Cockburn.


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