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Legal issues in medicine 506 (6 points)


Leader: Professor PL Waller

Clayton Second semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: Practising law and practising medicine. Principles governing clinical medical practice. The foundation of medical ethics. The relationship between medicine and allied health professions. The regulation of the medical profession. Doctors, patients and the law and alternatives to litigation. Medical negligence and consent. Rights to refuse medical treatment, and competence and incompetence in law and medicine. Medical confidentiality. Law and psychiatry. The body as property. Medical research: volunteers, institutional ethics committees and the law. Medical treatment and the end of life. The beginnings of life: novel birth technologies and abortion. Doctors in court.

Assessment: Two class tests: 40% + Research paper (3000 to 4000 words): 60%

Contact Hours: Three hours of lectures per week and 2 or 3 day visits program in the mid-semester break

Prerequisites: Medical students - third year of the MBBS

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