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
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.