Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician



Sara Bird

Email: sbird@mdanational.com.au
MBBS, MFM(clin), FRACGP, is Manager, Medico-Legal and Advisory Services, MDA National.

Advance care planning

On 1 July 2009, Mr A presented to hospital suffering from septic shock. The following day, he was transferred to the intensive care unit, where he was intubated, ventilated and commenced on...

Genetic testing: medico-legal issues

Direct-to-consumer genetic tests are tests that are conducted by laboratories without requiring a referral from a health professional. These tests may cover health and non-health matters, such as...

How to write a medico-legal report

Case historyThe general practitioner (GP) received a letter from solicitors acting for one of his patients, with an enclosed authority signed by the patient. The patient’s solicitors requested a...

Managing professional boundaries

DiscussionThe underlying basis of any doctor–patient relationship is that the doctor commits to the relationship solely to serve the needs of the patient. In return, the doctor receives only...

Mohammed’s case

CaseIn June 2012, Mohammed, then aged 10 weeks, was admitted to hospital with respiratory problems that were thought to be secondary to a viral infection. Mohammed had the mosaic form of trisomy 21...

Patients’ use of social media: e-rating of doctors

DiscussionThere are a number of websites, such as RateMDs, Yelp and TrueLocal, which allow users to anonymously post ratings and commentaries regarding medical practitioners. These websites have...

The duty of GPs to follow up patients

Case studyOn 26 April 2002, Mr Stephen Grinham saw a general practice registrar, Dr Murray, for Q fever vaccination. The patient, 38 years of age, had commenced work cleaning floors in an abattoir...


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