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Medico-legal Issues

Person signing a medical reportMedicine and mental health intersect with a broad range of legislation, financing systems, standards, scientific and socio-political issues.  This is particularly true in the field of psychiatry, which differs from many other medical specialties due to its involvement with particular systems/processes (eg. involuntary admission, the justice system). As such, psychiatrists face increased medico-legal risk.  However, despite the risk, if medico-legal issues are understood and managed, they can be controlled.

RANZCP recognises the concerns of its members in relation to medico-legal risk and has provided a number of resources to address some of these concerns.

Guidelines

For more information contact policy@ranzcp.org