Malcolm Parker

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Malcolm Parker is Professor of Medical Ethics at UQ and has qualifications in medicine, philosophy and health law. He was in general medical practice for over thirty years.
Professor Parker has developed the strong, formal component in the MBBS Program of ethics, law and professionalism. He is current chair of UQ's Human Experimentation Ethical Review Committee, immediate past president of the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law, and a member of the editorial boards of three journals in bioethics and medical law.

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31 Aug 2016

Objective: Decisions about life-sustaining treatment from adults who lack capacity are an integral part of intensive care (IC) practice. This paper compares Intensivists with six other specialties most often involved in end-of-life care as to their knowledge, attitudes and practice in relation to the law...

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16 Aug 2016

Objectives: To determine the role played by law in medical specialists’ decision-making about withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment (WWLST) from adults who lack capacity, and the extent to which legal knowledge affects whether law is followed.

Design: Cross-sectional postal survey of medical specialists....

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8 May 2016

Despite the potential harm to patients (and others) and the financial cost of providing futile treatment at the end of life, this practice occurs. This article reports on empirical research undertaken in Queensland that explores doctors’ perceptions about the law that governs futile treatment at...

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2 May 2016


Objective: To investigate how doctors define and use the terms “futility” and “futile treatment” in end-of-life care.

Design, setting, participants: A qualitative study using semi-structured interviews with 96 doctors from a range of specialties which treat adults at the end...

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