The Australian Medico-Legal Handbook with PDA Software

1st Edition


  • Cameron Stewart
  • Ian Kerridge
  • Malcolm Parker
    • Electronic ISBN 9780729577601

    Key Features

    • The handbook and accompanying PDA software is the only one of its kind offered to Australian JMOs.
    • Content development is based around the authors' research through ongoing focus groups into the most commonly asked questions by the end user, that is, JMOs in the hospital training environment.
    • Law updates and other relevant materials (including guidelines and links to relevant Health Department documents) will be provided on the accompanying Evolve site.
    • Written by a proven author team, each an expert in the medico-legal and/or ethical fields.
    • Clinical problems will be outlined with cross-referencing to the appropriate sections of the handbook. These questions will be posed in the style and format used by clinicians, for example: ‘What if I get sued?' ‘What do I do if someone refuses treatment?' ‘What deaths do I refer to the Coroner?' ‘What if I make a mistake?' ‘Who makes decisions about a child's treatment?'

    Table of Contents

    1. How to Use this Handbook
    2. Clinical Questions
    3. The Legal System, Courts and Procedure
    4. Standards of Care
    5. Professional Conduct
    6. Consent
    7. Confidentiality and Privacy
    8. Incompetent Patients
    9. Children
    10. Death and Dying
    11. Human Tissue and Organ Donation
    12. Mental Health
    13. Drugs and Prescribing
    14. The Police
    15. Medical Records
    16. Certificates
    17. Employment and other Arrangements for Services




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    © 2008
    Churchill Livingstone Australia
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    About the authors

    Cameron Stewart

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Associate Professor of Law, Macquarie University Honorary Associate Professor of Law, Centre for Values in Ethics, Medicine and the Law, University of Sydney, Legal Practitioner, NSW Supreme Court Barrister and Solicitor, High Court of Australia

    Ian Kerridge

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Director, Centre for Values and Ethics and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney; Staff Haematologist/Bone Marrow Transplant Physician, Westmead Hospital, Australia

    Malcolm Parker

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Associate Professor, Medical Ethics, School of Medicine, University of Queensland; Board member of the Australasian Bioethics Association and the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Health Law & Ethics; Member of Queensland Health Ethics Advisory Committee