Legal Medicine in Adult Medical Practice in Australia

  • Allan Hunt
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In this chapter, the following areas will be broadly covered:
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    The profusion of statute and common law and regulations which are relevant in modern medical practice in Australia

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    How these laws impact on the management of medical problems in adults

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    A brief outline of some areas where the law is likely to have an impact on medical practice in the future


This chapter outlines some of the diverse legislation, regulation, and common law which impacts to a greater or lesser extent on adult medical practice. It is neither detailed nor exhaustive. The reader is directed elsewhere in this book, and/or other sources for more detailed discussions on many of the areas mentioned.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Emergency DepartmentLyell McEwin HospitalElizabeth ValeAustralia
  2. 2.University of AdelaideAdelaideSouth Australia
  3. 3.Australasian College of Legal MedicineCanberraAustralia

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