Journal of Law and Medicine (JLM)

Informed discourse at the interface between law and health

About the Journal
The Journal of Law and Medicine publishes contributions about issues that have a legal, medical or bioethical content arising at the interface between law and health, including the delivery of the full range of health services.

Its focus is broad, international and cross-disciplinary. It seeks to encourage informed discourse about contemporary issues from empirical, practical, policy and theoretical perspectives.

All contributions to the journal are peer reviewed.

General Editor
Ian Freckelton SC, BA (Hons), LLB (Syd), PhD (Griff), Dip Th M (ANH), FAAL, FASSA, FACLM (Hon), Barrister-at-Law, Vic, NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, ACT, NT; Crockett Chambers, Melbourne; Professor, Law Faculty, Department of Psychology, Psychiatry and Psychological Medicine, Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University

Editorial Board
Professor Roy G Beran, MBBS, MD, FRACP, BLegS, MHL, FACLM, FAFPHM, FRCP (Edin), FFFLM (RCP) (Hon)
Professor Tom D Campbell, MA, PhD, FRSE, FASSA, Professor of Law, The Australian National University, Canberra
Professor Donald Chalmers, Head of Law School, University of Tasmania
Professor Stephen M Cordner, MA, MB, BS, BMedSc, DipCrim, DMJ, FRCPath, FRCPA, Professor of Forensic Medicine, Monash University; Director, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
Professor J M Davies, MSc, MD, FRCPC, Professor of Anaesthesia, Department of Anaesthesia, Foothills Medical Centre, University of Calgary, Canada
Professor Grant R Gillett, DPhil (Oxon), FRACS (Neurosurgery), Professor of Medical Ethics, Otago University Medical School, Dunedin, New Zealand
Professor Lawrence Gostin, Professor and Director, Center for Law and the Public’s Health, Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities, United States of America
Professor Ian Kennedy, LLD, Professor of Health Law, Ethics and Policy, School of Public Policy, University College, London
The Hon Michael Kirby, AC, CMG, BA, LLM, BEc (Syd), Hon D Litt (N’castle, NSW, Ulster and James Cook), Hon LLD (Macq, Syd, NLSU, India, Buckingham, ANU, Victoria, Deakin), Hon D Univ (Uni S Aust, La Trobe), Former Justice of the High Court of Australia
Professor Sheila McLean, LLB, M Litt, PhD, FRSE, FRCP (Edin), FRSA, International Bar Association Professor of Law and Ethics in Medicine, Glasgow University, Scotland
Associate Professor George Mendelson, MB, BS (Melb), MD (Mon), FRANZCP, FFPMANZCA, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne
Professor Ron Paterson, LLB (Hons) (Auckland), BCL (Oxford), Professor of Health Law and Policy, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Professor Loane Skene, LLD (Melb), LLM (Mon), LLB (Hons) (Melb), Professor, Melbourne Law School; Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, the University of Melbourne
Professor Margaret A Somerville, AM, FRSC, AuA (Pharm), LLB (Hons I), DCL, LLD (Honoris causa), Gale Professor of Law, Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law, McGill University, Canada
Professor David B Wexler, JD (NYU), Lyons Professor of Law, University of Arizona, United States of America

Deputy Editor
Professor Belinda Bennett BEc, LLB (Hons) (Macq), LLM, SJD (Wisconsin), Professor of Health and Medical Law, Faculty of Law, University of Sydney

Section Editors
Legal issues – Bernadette McSherry BA (Hons), LLB (Hons), LLM (Melb), D Jur (York), Grad Dip Psych (Mon), Foundation Director, Melbourne Social Equity Institute, the University of Melbourne; Danuta Mendelson MA, PhD, LLM, Professor, Chair in Law (Research), School of Law, Deakin University; Joanna Manning BA (Auck), LLB (Hons) (Auck), MCompL (Geo Wash), Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Auckland

Medical issues – David Ranson B Med Sci, BM BS, LLB, FCR Path, FRCPA, FACLM, DMJ (Path), Deputy Director, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University; Danny Sullivan MBBS, MBioeth, MHlthMedLaw, MRCPsych, FRANZCP, Assistant Clinical Director, Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health, Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Monash University; Mike O’Connor AM, MD BS DDU DCH FRCOG FRANZCOG MHL FACLM, Conjoint Senior Lecturer, Women’s and Children’s Health, University of New South Wales and Chair, Patient Care Review Committee, St George Private Hospital, Sydney

Bioethical issues – Malcolm Parker MBBS (Qld), M Litt (UNE), M Hth & Med Law (Melb), MD (Qld), Professor of Medical Ethics, University of Queensland; Grant R Gillett DPhil (Oxon), FRACS (Neurosurgery), Professor of Medical Ethics, Otago University Medical School, Dunedin, New Zealand

Nursing issues – Kim Forrester RN, BA, LLB, LLM (Advanced), PhD, Barrister, Supreme Court of Queensland, Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Bond University

Medical law reporter – Thomas Alured Faunce BA LLB (Hons), B Med, PhD, Australian Research Council Future Fellow; Professor, College of Law and College of Medicine, Biology and the Environment (joint appointment), The Australian National University

Australasian College of Legal Medicine
The Journal of Law and Medicine is the preferred journal of the Australasian College of Legal Medicine. For more information regarding the College, visit

Indexing/abstracting services
The following websites contain details of material published in the Journal: (AGIS Plus Text) (Medline) (Legal Trac) (Australian Legal Journals Index)

AGIS Plus Text is an online legal database based on the Australian Attorney-General’s Information Service. It is produced by RMIT Publishing and is available via subscription.
Medline is a free service of the National Library of Medicine in the United States.
Legal Trac is an online indexing service published by Gale Cengage Learning. It is available via subscription.
The Australian Legal Journals Index is an online legal database prepared by the Lionel Murphy Library of the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department. It is produced by Thomson Reuters and is available via subscription.

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Contents listing
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