The legal role of medical professionals in decisions to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment: part 2 (Queensland)

Willmott, Lindy, White, Ben, Parker, Malcolm and Cartwright, Colleen (2011) The legal role of medical professionals in decisions to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment: part 2 (Queensland). Journal of Law and Medicine, 18 3: 523-544.

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Author Willmott, Lindy
White, Ben
Parker, Malcolm
Cartwright, Colleen
Title The legal role of medical professionals in decisions to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment: part 2 (Queensland)
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)
Open Access Status
Volume 18
Issue 3
Start page 523
End page 544
Total pages 22
Place of publication Rozelle, NSW, Australia
Publisher Lawbook Co.
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract This is the second 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 Queensland, including the parens patriae jurisdiction of the Supreme Court. 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 health 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 Queensland.
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