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What is the value of professional opinion?

Christopher J Ryan
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (2): 101-102.
Published online: 18 July 2011

To the Editor: In their report on the findings in Hope v Hunter and New England Area Health Service,1 Mahar and Burke suggest that some of the judge’s reasoning “may reasonably cause apprehension for clinicians relying on the peer professional practice defence”.2 In her Editor’s Choice, Katelaris mirrors this apprehension.3 But the judge’s findings are not nearly so troubling.

  • Christopher J Ryan

  • Discipline of Psychiatry and Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.


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