The latest Part of the Journal of Law and Medicine includes an Editorial: “Bolam Buried, Belatedly?” – Ian Freckelton QC; and the following sections: Legal Issues: “Judicial Review of Medical Panel Decisions” – Carol Newlands; Medical Issues: “Alcohol Consumption and Impairment of Surgeons: A Case for Total Abstinence?” – Mike O’Connor; Medical Law Reporter: “The Essendon Football Club Supplements Saga: Exploring Natural Justice for Team Sanctions within Anti-Doping Regulations” – Madeleine Farrar and Thomas Faunce; and a Letter to the Editor. Also in this Part are the following articles: “Vexatious, Misconceived and Avoidable Reports by Peers to Medical Regulators: A Qualitative Study of Health Practitioners in Australia” – Laura A Thomas and Marie M Bismark; “Practitioner Health Issues Featuring Before New Zealand’s Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal: An Analysis of Cases 2003-2014” – Lois J Surgenor, Kate Diesfeld, Kate Kersey and Michael Ip; “Monitoring a ‘Menace’: Peer Review and the Regulation of Substance-Addicted Doctors, 1933-1948” – Gabrielle Wolf; “Lights and Sirens: How Coronial Inquests Can Highlight Challenges in Paramedic Regulation” – Dominique Moritz; “Expert Witness Immunity in Australia after Attwells v Jackson Lalic Lawyers: A Smaller and Less Predictable Shield?” – Tina Cockburn and Bill Madden; “The Right to Health: Implications for the Funding of Medicines in Australia” – Claudia Harper, Narcyz Ghinea and Wendy Lipworth; “Asynchronous Medicines Legislation for Non-Medical Prescribing” – Denise L Hope and Michelle A King; “Paying for Risky Decisions: Civil Liability of Non-Vaccinators” – Nikki Bromberger; “Criteria for Decision-Making Capacity: Between Understanding and Evidencing a Choice” – Lisa Eckstein and Scott YH Kim; “A Positive Duty to Rescue and Medical Practitioners: A Review of the Current Position in Australia and a Comparison with International Models” – Jayr Teng; “The Making of a Health Profession: A South African Case Study” – Andra le Roux-Kemp; and “Development, Access to Medicines and the Ebola Virus Epidemic in West Africa” – Olasupo Owoeye and Jumoke Oduwole. There is also a review of the book “The State and the Body: Legal Regulation of Bodily Autonomy” by Elizabeth Weeks – reviewed by Ian Freckelton QC.
The latest Part of the Journal of Law and Medicine is a special issue titled Regulating the Use of Human Bodily Material. It includes articles on the legal status of bodies, the regulation of the use of human bodily material, definitions of “property” offered by the majority of the High Court of Australia in the case of Yanner v Eaton, non-consensual genetic testing in Australia, biobanking of blood and bone marrow, property rights in recyclable artificial implants such as pacemakers, extra-bodily DNA sampling by the police, patent term extension schemes, travel for euthanasia or assisted suicide, the regulation of impaired doctors, plus much more.
The March 2012 issue of the Journal of Law and Medicine is a special issue on umbilical cord donation and banking, with the relevant articles covering development of stem cells from umbilical cord blood and blood banking, religious perspectives on umbilical cord blood banking, the line between public and private cord blood banking, racially conditional donation and the ethical, legal and social implications of umbilical cord blood banking. Also included in this Part are articles and sections on pandemic planning, euthanasia, medical ethics, homeopathy, plus much more!
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.