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Unconventional practice, 'innovative' interventions and the national law

Stewart, C, Kerridge, I, Waldby, C, Lipworth, W, Munsie, M, Lysaght, T, Rudge, C, Ghinea, N, Eckstein, L ORCID: 0000-0002-7161-7521, Nielsen, JL ORCID: 0000-0002-3005-0047, Kaldor, J ORCID: 0000-0002-1299-6023 and Nicol, D ORCID: 0000-0002-6553-2839 2020 , 'Unconventional practice, 'innovative' interventions and the national law' , Journal of Law and Medicine, vol. 27, no. 3 , pp. 574-589 .

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Abstract

This column explores a recent health profession disciplinary case which throws light on the problems of unconventional interventions by medical practitioners under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (Qld). The case involved "innovative" practices which were later found to have been scientifically unsupported, dangerous to patients and grounds for cancelling the health practitioner's registration. This column looks at common features of these kinds of cases in Australia and then examines recent attempts by the Medical Board of Australia to draft policy guidance around the use of unconventional practice in medicine. This column concludes with a number of changes to improve the effectiveness of the proposed policy.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Stewart, C and Kerridge, I and Waldby, C and Lipworth, W and Munsie, M and Lysaght, T and Rudge, C and Ghinea, N and Eckstein, L and Nielsen, JL and Kaldor, J and Nicol, D
Keywords: unconventional practice, unsatisfactory professional practice, professional misconduct, innovation, informed consent
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Law and Medicine
Publisher: Lawbook Co.
ISSN: 1320-159X
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