The latest Part of the Journal of Law and Medicine includes an Editorial: “The Right to Sue for Non-Communication or Delay in the Diagnosis of Neurodegenerative Diseases” – Ian Freckelton QC; and the following sections: Legal Issues: “‘My [Electronic] Health Record'” – Cui Bono (For Whose Benefit)? – Danuta Mendelson and Gabrielle Wolf; “The Foundations of the Comparison Forensic Sciences: Report of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology” – Stephen Cordner, David Ranson and Richard Bassed; Bioethical Issues: “Error and Accountability in a No-Fault System: Maintaining Professionalism” – Rebecca Babcock and Grant Gillett; and Medical Law Reporter: “Seeding Australian Regulation of Genomics in the Cloud” – Elizabeth Abbott and Thomas Faunce.
Also in this Part are the following articles: “Is Australia Well Equipped to Deal with Future Clinical Trials?” – Lisa Eckstein and Don Chalmers; “Is There a Role for Law in Medical Practice When Withholding and Withdrawing Life-Sustaining Medical Treatment? Empirical Findings on Attitudes of Doctors” – Lindy Willmott, Ben White, Malcolm Parker, Colleen Cartwright and Gail Williams; “The Knowledge and Practice of Doctors in Relation to the Law That Governs Withholding and Withdrawing Life-Sustaining Treatment from Adults Who Lack Capacity” – Ben White, Lindy Willmott, Colleen Cartwright, Malcolm Parker and Gail Williams; “Decision-Making Capacity and its Relationship to a Legally Valid Consent: Ethical, Legal and Professional Context” – Scott Lamont, Cameron Stewart and Mary Chiarella; “Balancing Self-Tracking and Surveillance: Legal, Ethical and Technological Issues in Using Smartphones to Monitor Communication in People with Health Conditions” – Jacki Liddle, Mark Burdon, David Ireland, Adrian Carter, Christina Knuepffer, Nastassja Milevskiy, Simon McBride, Helen Chenery and Wayne Hall; “Primum Non Nocere: A More Proactive Workplace Drug Testing Regime for Australian Medical Practitioners?” – Claire Leyden-Duval; “‘Dealing with the Drink’: A Case for Reviewing Gradual Regulation of Teenagers’ Access to Alcohol” – Brendan Walker-Munro; “Red Bull: Does It Give You Wings or Cardiac Disturbances? Modifying the Law Regarding Energy Drinks in Australia” – Marilyn Bromberg and Justine Howard; “Zolpidem, Complex Sleep-Related Behaviour and Volition” – Marilyn McMahon; “Judicial Recognition of PTSD in Crime Victims: A Review of How Much Credence Australian Courts Give to Crime-Induced PTSD” – Paul McGorrery; “Collision or Collusion? Homicides Staged as Car Accidents” – Claire Ferguson; and “Name Suppression Practices of New Zealand’s Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal 2004-2014” – Kate Diesfeld, Lois J Surgenor, Michael Ip and Kate Kersey. There is also a review of the book “Lecretia’s Choice: A Story of Love, Death and the Law” by Matt Vickers – reviewed by Ian Freckelton QC.
The June 2011 update of the Journal of Law and Medicine has a wide range of interesting articles and sections. There are articles on mental health legislation in Australian emergency departments, ethical practice for complementary and alternative medicine practitioners, individual responsibility and the attribution of liability and the legal role of medical professionals in decisions regarding life-sustaining treatment. There are also several interesting section notes including Nursing Issues, Bioethical Issues and Medical Law Reporter.