Contemporary Challenges regarding Informed Consent & Vaccination in Australia

TweetThis paper examines the contemporary challenges with the doctrine of informed consent ‘Doctrine’ and its application in the vaccination program of the Australian Government[1].  In order to understand the challenges, we must first understand the background of the development of the Doctrine. The Doctrine commenced with the seminal Schloendorff[2]decision, where it was held the need […]

Does a Doctor have a Duty of Care to Investigate adverse reactions from Vaccines?

TweetIt is clear already there is a legal requirement to advise patients of all material risks associated with vaccines[1] and to obtain valid informed consent[2]. However, there is an equally a legal duty to disclose a suspected adverse event which has occurred in the course of treatment.  If a parent brings a child in for a vaccine, and […]

A beautiful summary of how the Court views evidence that you submit.

the defendant must adduce proofs that raise a “more probable than not” inference in favour of what it urges; there must be a reasonable and definite inference available on the whole of the evidence; there must be something more than conflicting inferences of equal degrees of probability. And in assessing whether the defendant has satisfied its obligation, the Court must take into account the gravity of the matters alleged….

What is Informed Consent and the Doctor-Patient Relationship in Law?

Without consent there is no “Doctor-Patient” relationship in law.
The Informed Consent Doctrine is the cornerstone of the Doctor-Patient relationship.   It has altering the attitudes of a new generation of Doctors towards their patients, and its requirements are now reflected in consent forms that heath care institutions require patients to sign upon admission and before various procedures are performed.
Setting the Boundaries for the Doctor-Patient Relationship…..