Law and Ethics in Complementary Medicine
A handbook for practitioners in Australia and New Zealand
'A valuable resource for those in clinical practice and students undertaking primary and secondary qualifications in the complementary medicine and therapy disciplines.' Caroline Smith, Professor, Complementary Medicine Research, National Institute of Complementary Medicine, Western Sydney University
Comprehensive, unique and reflective of the current Australian legislative framework and AHPRA regulations, Michael Weir's Law and Ethics in Complementary Medicine remains the most widely used reference text in the field. A valuable handbook for professionals, students and researchers, the text addresses legal and ethical issues across a broad range of traditional, complementary and integrative practices.
The text deals with legal and ethical issues in clinical relationships and provides practical guidelines for setting up and running a professional practice. Michael Weir systematically outlines the various aspects of the law which impact on clinical practice, including legal obligations to clients, consumer legislation and complaints processes, and professional boundaries. He explains how to navigate professional indemnity insurance, and the steps you need to take in setting up a professional practice from establishing a business name to dealing with employees. He also outlines the role of codes of ethics, and explores how to deal with tricky ethical issues in daily practice.
This fifth edition is fully updated with in-depth treatment of the issue of ethical practice and professional decision making. It addresses recent changes in regulation and case law, including the development of the National Code of Conduct for Healthcare Workers and also now includes yoga and holistic counselling as modalities of complementary medicine.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Preface to the 5th edition
2. Ethical practice and professional decision-making
3. Restricted acts and protected titles
4. Negligence and professional responsibilities
5. Goods and consumer issues
7. Setting up a practice
8. The legal process
Table of cases
Table of legislation
Michael Weir is Professor of Law at Bond University, Queensland. He has trained in therapeutic massage and has a doctorate in law focused on the regulation of complementary medicine and has been actively publishing journal articles and book chapters in this area of research. He has taught legal and ethical issues in complementary medicine for more than twenty seven years.