mental health legislation
The latest Part of the Journal of Law and Medicine includes the following sections: Editorial: “Medically assisted suicide: Recent jurisprudence and the challenges for law reform” – Ian Freckelton QC; Legal Issues: “Mental health legislation (civil) in Australia and China: A comparative perspective” – Danuta Mendelson and Nuannuan Lin; Medical Issues: “Family violence and clinical forensic medicine – The forgotten service?” – David Ranson, Angela Williams, Barbara Thorne and Jennifer Ryan; Bioethical Issues: “Justice, restoration and redress: Error, no-fault and tort-based systems” – Georgina Richardson and Grant Gillett; Nursing Issues: “Nurse-to-patient and midwife-to-patient ratios” – Kim Forrester; and Medical Law Reporter: “NuCoal Resources Ltd v New South Wales: The mining industry and potential health impacts of investor-state dispute settlement in Australia” – Thomas Faunce and Shaneel Parikh. Also in this Part are the following articles: “Refusal of potentially life-saving treatment for minors: The emerging international consensus by courts” – Ian Freckelton QC and Simon McGregor; “How should Australia respond to media-publicised developments on euthanasia in Belgium?” – Neera Bhatia, Ben White and Luc Deliens; “Aid in dying in New Zealand: Recent legal developments” – Andrew Geddis and Colin Gavaghan; “End-of-life decision-making in a health services setting: An access to justice lens” – Katherine Curnow; “Lawyers and advance care and end-of-life planning: Enhancing collaboration between legal and health professions” – Nola M Ries; “Does Australia need compulsory immunisation?’ – Wendy Jane Nixson; “Discharge against medical advice” – Audrey Laur; “The role of photographic and video documentation in the investigation and prosecution of child sexual assault” – Annie Cossins, Amanda Jayakody, Christine Norrie and Patrick Parkinson; “Consent to innovative treatment: No need for a new legal test” – Bernadette Richards and Katrina Hutchison; and “Rethinking the “harmonisation” of international trade and public health” – Ania Lang. There is also a review of the book “Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery” by Henry Marsh – 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.