This issue of the Journal of Law and Medicine includes the following articles: “Medicare Billing, Law and Practice: Complex, Incomprehensible and Beginning to Unravel” – Margaret Faux, Jonathan Wardle and Jon Adams; “Untangling the Threads: Stakeholder Perspectives of the Legal and Ethical Issues Involved in Preparing Australian Consumers for Commercial Surrogacy Overseas” – Lana Zannettino, Lauren Lines, Julian Grant and Sheryl L de Lacey; “Disclosure of Genetic Results to At-risk Relatives without Consent: Issues for Health Care Professionals in Australia” – Rebekah McWhirter, Carolyn Johnston and Jo Burke; “Obesity and Taxation – Is Australia Ready?” – Lidia Xynas; “In the Footsteps of Teiresias: Treatment for Gender Dysphoria in Children and the Role of the Courts” – Mike O’Connor and Bill Madden; “A Doctor’s Discretion Not To Offer Life-sustaining Treatment” – James Cameron; “Why Do I Have To Keep Waking Up? Terminal Sedation and the Law in Australia” – Kieran Tapsell; and “An Objective Approach to Decisions to Withdraw or Withhold Life-sustaining Medical Treatment” – Julian Savulescu and James Cameron.
Also in this Part are the following sections: Editorial: “The Complementary Medicine Insurance Wars: The Unresolved but Politicised Australian Theatre of Combat” – Ian Freckelton QC; Legal Issues: “Doctors, Defamation and Damages: Medical Practitioners Fighting Back” – Ian Freckelton QC and Tina Popa; Medical Issues: “Post-sentence Detention and Supervision: The Role of Multi-agency Panels” – Bernadette McSherry, Rajan Darjee and Danny Sullivan; Bioethical Issues: “Responsible Use of Machine Learning Classifiers in Clinical Practice” – Abhishek Mishra; Complementary Health Issues: “Guidance on Prescription of Homeopathic Treatments: Ramifications of a Failed Administrative Law Challenge” – Ian Freckelton QC; Medical Law Reporter: “Concussion, Defamation and the Ringside Doctor” – Ian Freckelton QC; Obituary: Thomas (Tom) Douglas Campbell (1938–2019); and Book Review: “Unnatural Causes” by Richard Shepherd – Reviewed by Ian Freckelton QC.
The latest Part of the Journal of Law and Medicine includes the following sections: Editorial: “Futility of Treatment for Dying Children: Lessons from the Charlie Gard Case” – Ian Freckelton QC; Legal Issues: “Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation in Victoria: What Can We Learn from the Netherlands Experience?” – Danuta Mendelson; Medical Issues: “Prioritising Patients’ Preferences: Victoria’s New Advance Planning and Medical Consent Legislation” – John Chesterman; and Medical Law Reporter: “High Court of Australia and HIV/AIDS Disease Criminalisation: Aubrey v The Queen and Zaburoni v The Queen” – Thomas Faunce and Brendan Siles. Also in this Part are the following articles: “Doctors with Conditions – Rehabilitation or Risk” – Helen Kiel; “Commentary on Undue Influence Provisions under Oregon Death with Dignity Act and California’s End of Life Option Act” – Michaela Estelle Okninski; “Private Health Care in New Zealand: Five Policy Prescriptions” – Rachel Tompkins; “Jurors’ and Judges’ Evaluation of Defendants with Autism and the Impact on Sentencing: A Systematic Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses (PRISMA) Review of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Courtroom” – Clare S Allely and Penny Cooper; “Let’s Starve Down to the Bone: Pro-anorexia Websites and the Law” – Marilyn Bromberg and Tomas Fitzgerald; “Legal and Ethical Issues Surrounding Advance Care Directives in Australia: Implications for the Advance Care Planning Document in the Australian My Health Record” – Shaun McCarthy, Jacqueline Meredith, Lucy Bryant and Bronwyn Hemsley; “Criticising Current Causation Principles: Views from Victorian Lawyers on Medical Negligence Legislation” – Tina Popa; “The Murder Trial of Gerard Baden-Clay: Admissibility of Expert Opinion Evidence of Injuries and Cause of Death” – Russ Scott; “Use of Coronial Post-mortem Tissue for Research in New Zealand” – Brandi L Bellissima, Fintan Garavan, Jonathan R Skinner and Malcolm D Tingle; “Choosing Wisely: Law’s Contribution as a Cause of and a Cure for Unwise Health Care Choices” – Nola M Ries; “Legal and Medical Aspects of Diverse Gender Identity in Childhood” – Felicity Bell and Anthony Bell; “Obesity Prevention Laws and the Australian Constitution” – Jacqueline Lau, Elizabeth Handsley and Christopher Reynolds; “Capacity and Vulnerability: How Lawyers Assess the Legal Capacity of Older Clients” – Lise Barry. There is also a review of the book “Merry and McCall Smith’s Errors, Medicine and the Law” by Alan Merry and Warren Brookbanks (eds) – reviewed by Ian Freckelton QC.
The latest Part of the Journal of Law and Medicine include a Guest Editorial: “Where to Now for Reform of Global Health Governance?” – Professor Belinda Bennett; and the following sections: Legal Issues: “Current Challenges for the Regulation of Chemical Restraint in Health Care Settings” – Bernadette McSherry and Juan José Tellez; Medical Issues: “Solitary Confinement: Going Down the Rabbit Hole” – Danny Sullivan and Adam Deacon; Complementary Health Issues: “The Need to Develop a Regulatory Body for the Practice of Al-Hijama” – John F Mayberry; and Medical Law Reporter: “Corporatisation of Community Pharmacy and the Constitutional Prohibition of Civil Conscription for Medical Service Providers” – Caitlin Yazidjoglou and Thomas Faunce.
Also in this Part are the following articles: “Parents’ Opposition to Potentially Life-saving Treatment for Minors: Learning from the Oshin Kiszko Litigation” – Ian Freckelton QC; “The Legal Vacuum Surrounding Access to Gene-based Research Materials and Data” – Jane Nielsen and Dianne Nico; “Disclosure of Individual Research Results and Incidental Findings in Biobank Research: Why We Need an Evidence-based Approach” – Jennifer Fleming, Margaret Otlowski, Cameron Stewart, Christine Critchley and Ian Kerridge; “Open Access DNA, RNA and Amino Acid Sequences: The Consequences and Solutions for the International Regulation of Access and Benefit Sharing” – Charles Lawson and Michelle Rourke; “Access to Experimental Treatments: Comparative Analysis of Three Special Access Regimes” – Barbara von Tigerstrom and Emily Harris; “Regulation of Non-consensual Genetic Testing in Australia: Use of Samples from Deceased Persons” – Rebekah E McWhirter and Margaret Otlowski; “Translating Knowledge from Research to Outcomes: Pharmacogenomics in the Treatment of HIV/AIDS” – Jayne E Hewitt; “Some Legal Issues Regarding the Patenting of Human Genetic Materials” – Peter MacFarlane and Betty Kontoleon; “Non-invasive Prenatal Testing: The Problem with ‘Fast Cars'”– Jeanne Snelling, Nikki Kerruish and Jessie Lenagh-Glue; “Medical Abortion in Australia: What Are the Clinical and Legal Risks? Is Medical Abortion Over-regulated?” – Anne O’Rourke, Suzanne Belton and Ea Mulligan; “New Zealand’s Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal: An Analysis of Decisions 2004-2014” – Lois J Surgenor, Kate Diesfeld, Michael Ip and Kate Kersey; and “Cloak and Dagger? Statutory Privilege for Quality Activities in New Zealand” – Meenal Duggal. There is also a review of the book “Health Law in New Zealand” by Peter Skegg and Ron Paterson (eds) – reviewed by Ian Freckelton QC.
The latest Part of the Journal of Law and Medicine includes the following sections: Editorial: “The medico-scientific marginalisation of homeopathy: International legal and regulatory developments” – Ian Freckelton QC; Legal Issues: “Disciplinary proceedings against doctors who abuse controlled substances” – Danuta Mendelson; Medical Issues: “Methamphetamine: Where will the stampede take us?” – Danny Sullivan and Michael McDonough; Bioethical Issues: “‘Never regard yourself as already so thoroughly informed’: The withdrawal of its invitation to Rodney Syme to address its 2015 congress by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians” – Malcolm Parker, Ian Kerridge and Paul Komesaroff; Medical Law Reporter: “Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v ACN 117 372 915: Should consumer law regulate doctor-patient relations in a corporatised health care system?” – Jessica Wallace, Ella Pyman and Thomas Faunce; and Letter to the Editor. Also in this Part are the following articles: “Medical teams and the standard of care in negligence” – Carolyn Sappideen; “Prevention of non-communicable diseases in Australia: What role should public health law play?” – Kate Mulvany; “Personal responsibility or shared responsibility: What is the appropriate role of the law in obesity prevention?” – Benjamin Brooks; “Assessing testamentary and decision-making capacity: Approaches and models” – Kelly Purser and Tuly Rosenfeld; “Slice them up or slice them out? Legal liability for operating on the troublesome patient in cosmetic surgery” – Aileen Kennedy; “State intervention in pregnancy: Should the law respond thus to the problem of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder?” – Emily Gordon; “Criminal injuries compensation: Protecting vulnerable applicants” – Robert Guthrie; “Unwanted pregnancy: The outer boundary of “treatment injury” in the New Zealand accident compensation scheme” – Rosemary Tobin; “Patient’s right to information under the New Zealand Code of Rights” – Kyla Mullen; and “A way through the dark and thorny thickets? The adjudication of “serious injury” under the narrative tests in the Transport Accident Act 1986 (Vic) and the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 (Vic)” – Jason Taliadoros. There is also a review of the book “A Scientist in Wonderland: A Memoir of Searching for Truth and Finding Trouble” by Edzard Ernst.
The latest Part of the Journal of Law and Medicine includes the following articles: “The emergence and popularisation of autologous somatic cellular therapies in Australia: Therapeutic innovation or regulatory failure?” – Alison K McLean, Cameron Stewart and Ian Kerridge; “Re Jamie (No 2): A positive development for transgender young people” – Michael Williams, John Chesterman and Phil Grano; “Australian children living with gender dysphoria: Does the Family Court have a role to play?” – Fiona Kelly; “Storage limits of gametes and embryos: Regulation in search of policy justification” – Anita Stuhmcke and Eloise Chandler; “Barriers for domestic surrogacy and challenges of transnational surrogacy in the context of Australians undertaking surrogacy in India” – Louise Johnson, Eric Blyth and Karin Hammarberg; “Selective reduction of fetuses in multiple pregnancies and the law in Australia” – Colleen Davis and Heather Douglas; “Interstate dispensing: A case for uniform, intuitive legislation” – Nijole L Bernaitis, Michelle A King and Denise L Hope; “Planning law and public health at an impasse in Australia: The need for targeted law reforms to improve local food environments to reduce overweight and obesity” – Caroline Mills; “Compensating for the harms of family violence: Statutory barriers in Australian victims of crime compensation schemes” – Christine Forster; “Mandatory reporting of health professionals: The case for a Western Australian style exemption for all Australian practitioners” – Hon Nick Goiran MLC, Margaret Kay, Louise Nash and Georgie Haysom; and ““CAM-creep”: Medical practitioners, professional discipline and integrative medicine” – Walid Jammal, Cameron Stewart and Malcolm Parker.
The first Part of Volume 21 of the Journal of Law and Medicine includes several interesting articles and sections on various aspects of medical law. The topics covered include the risk of recidivism in de-registered health practitioners, negligent pre-birth genetic testing, refusal of medical treatment, misleading vaccination and immunisation information, the ethics of dementia research, disclosure of genetic information to genetic relatives, plus much more!
This Part of JLM includes a wide range of articles and sections to choose from, for example the range includes misleading health service practitioner representations and health outcomes after whiplash, an argument that male circumcision does prevent HIV infection and ethical psychiatric research in Singapore, the legal status of the fetus in NSW and an argument for legalising voluntary physician- based euthanasia, legal capacity under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and open disclosure following medical error. Plus much, much more.