Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 19–22 | Cite as

Considering Professional Misconduct and Best Interests of a Child (Palliative Orders)

  • Bernadette J RichardsEmail author
  • Michaela Okninski
Recent Developments

Exploring the Boundaries of Professional Conduct:Medical Board of Australia v Melhuish[2016] ACAT 29


A recent decision of the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal is worthy of a brief discussion because it helps to define the parameters of professionalism and endorses the significance of responsible conduct of research. In Australia the different State Medical Boards are now combined under a central body, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) which was established through a National Act ( Health Practitioner Regulation National Law) in 2010. Under the National Act, an appropriate Board or Tribunal may determine that a health practitioner has acted in a manner that constitutes unsatisfactory professional performance, unprofessional conduct, or professional misconduct (s196) and each of these is of escalating severity. Professional misconduct is defined under the Act to include conduct that is

… substantially below the standard reasonably expected of a...

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© Journal of Bioethical Inquiry Pty Ltd. 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Law School, University of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia

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