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Legal aspects of open disclosure: a review of Australian law

David M Studdert and Mark W Richardson
Med J Aust 2010; 193 (5): 273-276.
  • David M Studdert1
  • Mark W Richardson2

  • 1 Melbourne School of Population Health and Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Aickin Chambers, Melbourne, VIC.

Correspondence: d.studdert@unimelb.edu.au

Acknowledgements: 

Our study was funded by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. David Studdert was also supported by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Federation Fellowship. We thank Tamara Vu for excellent research assistance.

Competing interests:

David Studdert is the chief investigator of an ARC linkage grant in which he is partnering with the Health Services Commissioner of Victoria and Avant Mutual to study complaints and claims regarding informed consent. Most of the project costs are met by the ARC, but Avant Mutual also contributes to the project budget. Mark Richardson is a member of the Victorian Bar and provides legal representation and advice to plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of health-related matters.

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