The legal role of medical professionals in decisions to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment: Part 3 (Victoria)

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 3 (Victoria). Journal of Law and Medicine, 18 4: 773-797.

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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 3 (Victoria)
Journal name Journal of Law and Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1320-159X
Publication date 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 18
Issue 4
Start page 773
End page 797
Total pages 25
Place of publication Rozelle, NSW, Australia
Publisher Lawbook Co.
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract This is the final 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 Victoria. 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 that medical professionals receive on issues such as refusal of treatment certificates 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 Victoria. The article also draws together themes from the series as a whole, including conclusions about the need for more and better medical education and about law reform generally.
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