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What is the value of professional opinion? The current medicolegal application of the “peer professional practice defence” in Australia

Patrick D Mahar and Justin A Burke
Med J Aust 2011; 194 (5): 253-255.
  • Patrick D Mahar1,2
  • Justin A Burke3

  • 1 Department of Surgery, The Alfred Hospital, Alfred Health, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Faculty of Law, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 3 Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, The Alfred Hospital, Alfred Health, Melbourne, VIC.

Correspondence: p.mahar@alfred.org.au

Acknowledgements: 

We thank Karinne Ludlow, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Monash University, and Bill O’Shea, General Counsel, Alfred Health, for their helpful comments and feedback in the preparation of this manuscript.

Competing interests:

None identified.

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  • 2. Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW), s. 5O.
  • 3. Wrongs Act 1958 (Vic), s. 59.
  • 4. Civil Liability Act 2002 (WA), s. 5PB.
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  • 20. Birrell B, Hawthorne L. Medicare Plus and overseas-trained medical doctors. People Place 2004; 12: 83-99.
  • 21. Wrongs Act 1958 (Vic), s. 59(5)–(6).
  • 22. Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW), s. 5P.

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