The legal role of medical professionals in decisions to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment: part 1 (New South Wales)

White, Ben, Willmott, Lindy, Trowse, Pip, Parker, Malcolm and Cartwright, Colleen (2011) The legal role of medical professionals in decisions to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment: part 1 (New South Wales). Journal of Law and Medicine, 18 3: 498-522.

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Author White, Ben
Willmott, Lindy
Trowse, Pip
Parker, Malcolm
Cartwright, Colleen
Title The legal role of medical professionals in decisions to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment: part 1 (New South Wales)
Journal name Journal of Law and Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1320-159X
Publication date 2011-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 18
Issue 3
Start page 498
End page 522
Total pages 25
Place of publication Rozelle, NSW, Australia
Publisher Lawbook Co.
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract This is the first article in a series of three that examines the legal role of medical professionals in decisions to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment from adults who lack capacity. This article considers the position in New South Wales. A review of the law in this State reveals that medical professionals play significant legal roles in these decisions. However, the law is problematic in a number of respects and this is likely to impede medical professionals' legal knowledge in this area. The article examines the level of training medical professionals receive on issues such as advance directives and substitute decision-making, and the available empirical evidence as to the state of medical professionals' knowledge of the law at the end of life. It concludes that there are gaps in legal knowledge and that law reform is needed in New South Wales.
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