Category: Healthcare Law
Doctors may soon get official ‘endorsements’ to practise cosmetic surgery – but will that protect patients?
People who are interested in exploring whether cosmetic surgery is appropriate for them are right to feel wary and confused. Now, the introduction of a scheme to officially endorse doctors who practise in the area of cosmetic surgery promises to allay patients’ doubts. But the idea remains contentious for those in the field.
Thinking about cosmetic surgery? At last, some clarity on who can call themselves a surgeon
Currently, doctors doing cosmetic surgeries can call themselves ‘surgeons’ without special training. But soon, the title will be protected.
Who’s the best doctor for a tummy tuck or eyelid surgery? The latest review doesn’t actually say
If you’re thinking about cosmetic surgery, how do you know which health practitioner to trust? A review of how cosmetic surgery is regulated in Australia, released today, may help consumers decide.
Developed countries, dwindling national flexibilities, and access to essential medications during public-health emergencies
Developed countries have wound back the breadth and effectiveness of flexible obligations in international patent agreements.
The courts’ role in treatment for childhood gender dysphoria: recent updates
In 2020 and 2021, there were significant developments in the courts’ role in treatment for childhood gender dysphoria. The UK case of Bell v Tavistock is well known, but Re Imogen is of more practical importance here in Australia. Both cases illustrate the changing role of the courts in treatment for childhood gender dysphoria, following…
The Covidsafe app: speed at the expense of transparency and accountability
Australia’s COVIDSafe app was launched by the Australian Government in April 2020. But the app has been hampered by concerns about its security, privacy, and effectiveness.
COVID-19, patients’ mental capacity and prisoners
The coronavirus pandemic has raised an abundance of issues at the intersection of law and medicine. In recent co-authored articles, Cameron Stewart, Professor of Health, Law and Ethics at the University of Sydney Law School considers some of these issues. Mental capacity assessments for COVID-19 patients: Emergency admissions and the CARD approach In this Journal of Bioethical Inquiry article, Professor Cameron…
COVID-19, medical research governance, and public health orders
Posted by Belinda Reeve on behalf of Cate Stewart The impact of coronavirus-related biomedical research and public heath laws have been considered in recent articles co-authored by Cameron Stewart, Professor of Health, Law and Ethics at the University of Sydney Law School. Science at warp speed: COVID-19 medical research governance In biomedical research focused on developing COVID-19 vaccines…
ABC v St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust: a new duty at the intersection of healthcare confidentiality and harm to others
The duty of confidentiality is crucial to building relationships of trust and confidence between patients and healthcare professionals, and to effective healthcare systems more broadly. However, the law recognises that the duty of confidentiality is not absolute and sometimes needs to yield to other public interests. A recent UK case, ABC v St George’s…
Some recent cases on s 5O of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW)
Section 5O of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW) (CLA) introduced a modified version of the Bolam principle into the law of civil liability in NSW, extended to professionals other than medical professionals (the original subject of the principle). The effect of s 5O(1) is that a court is prevented from making a finding of…