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186474 - Medico-legal complexities of managing people with AOD concerns

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Participants will review their understanding of medico-legal concepts to support decision-making when working with people who use substances. Completion of the course will improve practitioner confidence in working with people who use substances and the medico-legal challenges they may face.

Relevance to General Practice

Legal and ethical considerations exist in all aspects of medical practice. Well considered decision-making frameworks can enable medical practitioners to better understand and negotiate the complex interplay of ethical, legal and organisational considerations in their practice and establish implicit standards and expectations for good medical care.1 Given the criminal law and legal status of alcohol and drug possession and consumption in Australia, as well as the young age or particular vulnerabilities of many patients, these decision-making considerations take on particular significance.
Medical practitioners have a duty to be competent and safe practitioners in the face of medico-legal complexities and need to build capacity to respond effectively when working with people who may be engaging in challenging behaviours in the context of their substance use.

Learning outcomes
  • Demonstrate awareness of legal & ethical aspects of decision making in clinical practice, within the context of treating patients with substance use concerns.
  • Reflect on confidentiality complexities for patients who use substances as a result of stigma and discrimination within the community.
  • Produce treatment plans that meet statutory requirements for patients who use substances, under mandatory reporting, employment or other medico-legal situations.
  • Respond effectively to the impaired practitioner, whilst supporting them in managing treatment.
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    • Communication is clear, respectful, empathic and appropriate to the person and their sociocultural context

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    • Adherence to relevant codes and standards of ethical and professional behaviour

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    • Medico-legal requirements are integrated into accurate documentation

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Adult health
    • Addiction medicine
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    186474 - Medico-legal complexities of managing people with AOD concerns
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