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Legal and Ethical Aspects of Complementary Therapies and Complementary Care




In recent years, changes in public attitudes towards the maintenance of personal health and wellbeing have generated unprecedented demand for access to a range of complementary therapies in both the preventative and the treatment contexts of health care. Along with this demand goes the expectation that health care professionals will be familiar with and incorporate appropriate complementary therapies into treatment regimes in order to provide a broader and improved range of health care strategies and patient care. In turn, there are now new legal and ethical considerations for nurses and other health care professionals who find themselves in unfamiliar territory when the inevitable question arises of how best to deal with a particular situation. This chapter aims to identify the legal and ethical issues most likely to arise when complementary therapies are incorporated into nursing care, by examining the regulatory framework in which practitioners must operate.


Contents include

  • regulation of complementary therapies
  • statutory regulation
  • common law regulation
  • public complaints mechanism
  • self-regulating associations.
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BA, LLB (Hons), MBioethics, Dip (General Nursing), GradCert (Legal Practice) and GradCert (Higher Education).
Judith Lancaster is a nurse and a lawyer who graduated as a registered general nurse from St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney. Her experience in the nursing profession spans 15 years in Australia and overseas. She undertook a combined Arts/Law degree as a mature age student, graduating with first class honors in 1991, and was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1992. Judith is employed as a lecturer in the Faculty of Law, University of Technology in Sydney, where she teaches health care law and business law. She recently completed a master's degree in bioethics. Her ...

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