Gender reassignment recognition

In AB v Western Australia [2011] HCA 42, the High Court was asked to consider the interprestation of Western Australian legislation regarding gender reassignment. In particular, the court considered the scope for recognition as males, of persons who retained some female sexual organs. The Court held at [35] that the legislative question of whether a …

Minimally conscious state – hydration & nutrition withdrawl

W v M & Ors [2011] EWHC 2443 (Fam) is a decision of the Court of Protection (England & Wales High Court).  The court was required to consider an application by the family of M for approval to withdraw hydration and nutrition for M, who had been in a minimally conscious state (as opposed to …

Refusing a request for a caesarean section

A recent decision of the New South Wales Supreme Court, Gillett v Robinson [2011] NSWSC 1143 focused in part on the question of whether a caesarean section should have been performed when requested by the mother. The claim was formulated narrowly, in that no complaint was made in relation to the management of the labour …

Genetic test information sharing

A new report published by the Royal College of Physicians, Royal College of Pathologists, and British Society for Human Genetics has encouraged the sharing of genetic information between family members and healthcare professionals as part of good clinical practice, outlines Julianna Photopoulos in a recent Bionews article. The report is entitled Consent and confidentiality in …

New ‘Clinical Ethics Resource’

The Centre for Health Governance, Law & Ethics and the Centre for Values, Ethics & Law in Medicine (VELIM) have announced the imminent launch of the Clinical Ethics Resource website, sponsored by NSW Health.  The Clinical Ethics Resource aims toprovide an extensive range of resources addressing the ethical and legal issues experienced by those working …