Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/2440/76309
Type: Journal article
Title: Who controls the uses of organs after death?: law in the books, law in practice and the view of the people
Author: Naffine, N.
Richards, B.
De lacey, S.
Braunack-Mayer, A.
Rogers, W.
Citation: Journal of Law and Medicine, 2012; 20(2):295-305
Publisher: Lawbook Co.
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 1320-159X
1320-159X
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Ngaire Naffine, Bernadette Richards, Sheryl de Lacey, Annette Braunack-Mayer and Wendy Rogers
Abstract: The conventional wisdom is that we are free to dispose of our organs at death and that they will be employed according to our wishes. However, this reflects neither the formal law nor medical practice. This article explores the theory underlying the principle of self-determination after death. It presents an overview of Australian law and the way that the law is interpreted in clinical practice. It then presents the results of a community survey on organ disposition, and identifies a gap between community expectations and the current operation of Australian law. It concludes with some specific recommendations for development of the law to align it more closely with contemporary community views.
Keywords: Humans; Death; Personal Autonomy; Informed Consent; Tissue Donors; Tissue and Organ Procurement; Australia
Rights: © 2012 Thomson Reuters (Professional) Australia Limited
RMID: 0020124348
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