Essentials of Law for Medical Practitioners - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780729579148

Essentials of Law for Medical Practitioners

1st Edition

Authors: Kim Forrester Debra Griffiths
eBook ISBN: 9780729579148
Imprint: Mosby Australia
Published Date: 20th November 2010


The definitive medico-legal reference for medical students and practitioners in Australia

Essentials of Law for Medical Practitioners is a timely and authoritative reference focused on the requirements of medical students and practitioners.

This easy-to-read medico-legal text assumes no prior legal practice knowledge or experience, making it ideal for those new to the medical industry.

The content addresses matters relating to all Australian jurisdictions. It also provides a brief overview of the law in several practice areas, allowing practitioners to locate key information quickly.

Topical issues discussed in Essentials of Law for Medical Practitioners include privacy and confidentiality of patient information, medical negligence, fertility and reproductive technology, the laws regarding mental health issues and professional regulation and discipline.

Key Features

• directed at current medical education
• includes learning objectives and key questions for each chapter
• applies knowledge to a clinical context and focuses on the application of clinical cases and legislation to practical situations
• assumes no prior legal knowledge
• identifies medico-legal issues for further discussion

Table of Contents



Acknowledgments and Reviewers

Chapter 1 Introduction to law

Chapter 2 Safety and quality in health

Chapter 3 Documentation

Chapter 4 Privacy and confidentiality of patient information

Chapter 5 Negligence

Chapter 6 Consent

Chapter 7 End of life decisions

Chapter 8 Fertility and reproductive technology

Chapter 9 Drugs and poisons

Chapter 10 Mental health

Chapter 11 Professional regulation and discipline

Chapter 12 Research

Answers to review scenarios and activities


Table of cases

Table of statutes

Guardianship and administration




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About the Author

Kim Forrester

Kim Forrester is a registered nurse and barrister-at-law practising in the area of health law. Kim is the author of several publications in health law. Kim is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine at Bond University.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Bond University, Queensland

Debra Griffiths

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences, Monash University, Victoria