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Unconventional practice, 'innovative' interventions and the national law


Stewart, C and Kerridge, I and Waldby, C and Lipworth, W and Munsie, M and Lysaght, T and Rudge, C and Ghinea, N and Eckstein, L and Nielsen, J and Kaldor, J and Nicol, D, Unconventional practice, 'innovative' interventions and the national law, Journal of Law and Medicine, 27, (3) pp. 574-589. ISSN 1320-159X (2020) [Refereed Article]

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This column explores a recent health profession disciplinary case which throws light on the problems of unconventional interventions by medical practitioners under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (Qld). The case involved "innovative" practices which were later found to have been scientifically unsupported, dangerous to patients and grounds for cancelling the health practitioner's registration. This column looks at common features of these kinds of cases in Australia and then examines recent attempts by the Medical Board of Australia to draft policy guidance around the use of unconventional practice in medicine. This column concludes with a number of changes to improve the effectiveness of the proposed policy.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:unconventional practice, unsatisfactory professional practice, professional misconduct, innovation, informed consent
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Law in context
Research Field:Medical and health law
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Law reform
UTAS Author:Eckstein, L (Dr Lisa Eckstein)
UTAS Author:Nielsen, J (Associate Professor Jane Nielsen)
UTAS Author:Kaldor, J (Ms Jenny Kaldor)
UTAS Author:Nicol, D (Professor Dianne Nicol)
ID Code:139452
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2020-06-16
Last Modified:2021-04-28

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