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Medical confidentiality and patient privacy

posted on 2014-01-01, 00:00 authored by Danuta MendelsonDanuta Mendelson, Anne Rees
Health Law in Australia is the country’s leading text in this area and was the first book to deal with health law on a comprehensive national basis. In this important field that continues to give rise to challenges for society Health Law in Australia takes a logical, structured approach to explain the breadth of this area of law across all Australian jurisdictions.

By covering all the major areas in this diverse field, Health Law in Australia enhances the understanding of the discipline as a whole. Beginning with an exploration of the general principles of health law, including chapters on “Negligence”, “Children and Consent to Medical Treatment”, and “Medical Confidentiality and Patient Privacy”, the book goes on to consider beginning-of-life and end-of-life issues before concluding with chapters on emerging areas in health law, such as biotechnology, genetic technologies and medical research.

The contributing authors are national leaders who are specialists in these areas of health law and who can share with readers the results of their research.

Health Law in Australia has been written for both legal and health audiences and is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers and scholars in the disciplines of law, health and medicine, as well as health and legal practitioners, government departments and bodies in the health area, and private health providers.


Title of book

Health law in Australia

Chapter number



371 - 409


Thomson Reuters

Place of publication

Pyrmont, NSW







Publication classification

B2 Book chapter in non-commercially published book

Copyright notice

2014, Thomson Reuters




B White, F McDonald, L Willmott