Withdrawing Treatment at the Direct or Indirect Request of Patients or in Their Best Interests: HNEAHS v. A; Brightwater CG v. Rossiter; and ACT v. JT
Journal of Law and Medicine, Vol. 17, pp. 349-354, 2009
7 Pages Posted: 18 Aug 2010
Date Written: 2009
In Hunter and New England Area Health Service v. A  NSWSC 761; Brightwater Care Group (Inc) v. Rossiter  WASC 229; and Australian Capital Territory v. JT  ACTSC 105 Australian courts have recently considered the circumstances in which technically futile treatment may be withdrawn from patients at their direct or indirect request or purportedly in their best interests. The cases provide many valuable lessons about how norms of ethics, law and international human rights shape the regulatory framework of this area of healthcare in Australia.
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