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Good Medical Practice
Professionalism, Ethics and Law


  • Date Published: March 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521183413
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  • Good Medical Practice: Professionalism, Ethics and Law brings together information that is central to the professional, ethical and legal requirements of being a doctor. It covers a core curriculum for medical students, doctors in training and international medical graduates preparing for the Australian Medical Council examinations. A useful guide for busy doctors, giving sound advice for issues that arise in practice, ensuring that all approaches meet professional standards. Effective and compassionate practice depends equally upon good communication skills, an empathetic attitude, truthfulness, self-reflection and an awareness of the responsibilities arising under relevant laws. Good Medical Practice encapsulates these attributes and includes practice management, inter-professional relationships, sexual misconduct, complaints processes, the Australian health care system and doctors' health within its broad and comprehensive purview. Written by specialist practitioners with vast teaching experience, this is a unique, timely and accessible text that reinforces a contemporary focus on professionalism in medical practice.

    • This is the only available textbook on professionalism for Australian medical students and doctors and is written by practising experts
    • Provides contact information for key national and state and territory statutory and other agencies that practising doctors need when faced with legal, professional or ethical issues in their every day practice
    • Foreword by Richard Larkins AO, Vice-Chancellor and President, Monash University
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    'This book has been written by specialist practitioners representing both the medical and legal profession[s]. It covers the core curriculum for medical students and doctors - both training and qualified working within the Australian Medical Council. There is a comprehensive table of case law pertaining to each of the Australian states and these are used in the main text to illustrate decisions taken and the rationale behind such decisions. This book is a must for anyone going to practice in Australia.' Eleanor Freeman, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead

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    24th Dec 2014 by Draminmuslan

    Very relevant and very good introduction to Medico Legal issues and Medical Ethics.

    Review was not posted due to profanity


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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521183413
    • length: 464 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Ethical principles for the medical profession
    2. Ethical and legal responsibilities of medical students
    3. Communication skills
    4. Consent and informed decision making
    5. Confidentiality, privacy and disclosure
    6. Medical records, reports and certificates
    7. Negligence, professional liability and adverse events
    8. The regulation of the medical profession
    9. Health care complaints systems
    10. The doctor and sexual boundaries
    11. Personal health of the doctor: illness and impairment
    12. Maintenance of professional competence
    13. Ethics and the allocation of health care resources
    14. The Australian health care system
    15. The doctor and interprofessional relationships
    16. Entering and leaving practice and practice management
    17. Clinical research
    18. Prescribing and administering drugs
    19. Diagnosing and certifying death and the role of the coroner
    20. Births, reproductive technology, family law and child protection
    21. Termination of pregnancy and related issues
    22. Withholding or withdrawing treatment in the seriously or terminally ill
    23. The law and the mentally ill
    24. The law and courts of law in Australia
    25. Medico-legal examinations and reports, court procedures and expert evidence
    26. Other legislation relevant to medical practice.

  • Authors

    Kerry J. Breen, National Health and Medical Research Council
    Dr Kerry J. Breen AM, MMBS, MD (Melb.), FRACP is a consultant physician and gastroenterologist. He is currently a part time member of the Federal Administrative Appeals Tribunal and Commissioner of Complaints of the National Health and Medical Research Council.

    Stephen M. Cordner, Monash University, Victoria
    Professor Stephen M. Cordner AM, MA (Lond.), MBBS, B Med Sc, Dip Crim, DMJ, FRCPath, FRCPAis Professor of Forensic Medicine at Monash University. He is Professor of Forensic Medicine at Monash University and Director of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM).

    Colin J. H. Thomson, University of Wollongong, New South Wales
    Colin J. H. Thomson LLB, BA, Master of Laws is Professor of Law in the Faculty of Law at the University of Wollongong. He is currently Chairman of the Australian Health Ethics Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council.

    Vernon D. Plueckhahn, Monash University, Victoria
    Vernon D. Plueckhahn AM, OBE, MD (Adel.), Hon MD (Monash), FRACP, FRCPath, FRCPA, FAMA, FCAP, FAACB, MIAC is Consultant Forensic Pathologist and Honorary Associate Professor of Forensic Medicine at Monash University.

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