• Publication Date: December 4, 2008
  • EAN: 9781862877085
  • 272 pages; 6" x 8⅝"
Filed Under: Health

Allied Health Professionals and the Law


Product Description

News: this book has been included as one of the texts for the National Psychology Examination – Curriculum Domains 1 (Ethics) and 4 (Communication), developed by the Psychology Board of Australia

This book targets a wide range of allied health professions. The list, while not exhaustive, embraces occupational therapy, podiatry, Chinese medicine, complementary medicine, nuclear medicine, speech pathology, radiography, physiotherapy, psychology, osteopathy, chiropractic care and optometry.

The authors explain the legal context in which these professions function, the various forms of legal regulation which apply to them, their legal liabilities, and legal imperatives which bear upon their practice.

Also included is commentary on the limits and ambiguities of law in relation to allied health activity, the interaction between law and professional ethics, and some significant legal challenges in normal professional life. Allied Health Professionals and the Law expands the legal knowledge of allied health readers whether they are practitioners seeking to understand the legal aspects of their work or researchers engaged in analysis of professional matters which have legal dimensions and implications.

Part 1 – Law and the Context of Practice


Rosemary Kennedy

The Australian legal system

Allied health professions, professionalism, ethics and law

Cameron Stewart

The health service delivery context

Peter McFarlane

Occupational regulation of health practitioners in Australia

Anne-Louise Carlton

Part 2 – Accountable Service Delivery and the Law

Decision-making and consent

Clare Delany

Confidentiality, privacy and health information management

Marilyn McMahon

Intervention methods and processes

Michael Weir

Part 3 – Adverse Service Delivery and the Law

Legal risks of unprofessional behaviour

Beth Wilson

Reporting own and other’s conduct

Cameron Stewart

Part 4 – Law and Professional Life

Working for others or as a private practitioner?

Trevor Goddard and Marina Ciccarelli

Writing reports and giving evidence in court

Andrew Day

Maintaining professional competence

Joshua Burns


the authors have contributed an eminently readable, informative and intensely practical collection of essays on various relevant topics within their disciplines, and in doing so will surely earn the gratitude of health professionals in giving them considerable access to legal matters of practical importance which might otherwise be difficult to ‘track down’.

Great effort and research have combined to produce a handy reference work which is likely to become an enduring byword for accuracy and easy accessibility. – Australian Psychological Society, September 2009

…you will find it is a useful summary of the law as it applies in this area with recent cases and legislation referenced throughout. As an allied health professional, seeking to increase your awareness of legal liability, then this is an easy to read and insightful book containing a comprehensive summary. It fills a gap in the area of medical and health law books by concentrating on allied and complementary health professionals. – Law Society of Tasmania, Law Letter, Issue 103, Autumn 2009

Experts in health and medical law have contributed chapters to this important volume which provides a good overview for practitioners in the area. It deals with the Australian legal system and its relationship with health and medical law, ethics and the regulation of health and allied health practitioners in Australia…

Practical advice is also given on legal procedures such as compliance with subpoenas. Health practitioners need to carefully balance compliance with the law with patients’ rights to doctor-patient confidentiality. This balancing act is canvassed in this book.

As this book is intended for nationwide use, information and references to relevant legislation are provided for each jurisdiction, although not in detail. As a resource of limited size, issues are only touched on and practitioners should use this book as a starting point for further, more detailed, research. – Law Institute Journal of Victoria, June 2009

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