Brenda McGivern


  • The University of Western Australia (M253), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Dr McGivern is the Principal Registrar of the District Court of WA.  Before that, she was a Member of the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT).  She serves on the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration (AIJA), and is Chair of the Clinical Ethics Service for the WA Child and Adolescent Health Service. 

Previous to her roles in the District Court and at SAT, Brenda worked as both a legal practitioner and academic, engaging principally in the areas of professional indemnity insurance, health law and civil liability. 

During her time at UWA she served as Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education, and before that as Deputy Dean of Law. She retains her connection with the University as an Adjunct Associate Professor in Law.

Roles and responsibilities

Adjunct Associate Professor

Previous positions

  • Deputy Dean, Faculty of Arts, Business, Law & Education
  • Associate Dean (Community and Engagement), Faculty of Arts, Business, Law & Education
  • Deputy Dean, UWA Law School

Industrial relevance

Health Law and Ethics
Professional Regulation
Insurance Law
General Liability and Legal Risk Management
Clinical Ethics / Bioethics

Teaching overview

  • Insurance Law
  • Health Law & Policy


Brenda's principal research interests are in Health Law, Torts, Insurance Law and Jurisdiction. She completed her PhD at the University of Tasmania (her doctoral thesis being: 'Interventions in Perinatal Medicine: A Jurisdictional Analysis').

Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD

Law, LLB (hons)

Commerce, BCom

External positions

Principal Registrar, District Court of Western Australia

Research expertise keywords

  • Health and medical law
  • Insurance law
  • Torts and obligations
  • Jurisdiction


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