Unconventional practice, "innovative" interventions and the national law

Cameron Stewart, Ian Kerridge, Catherine Waldby, Wendy Lipworth, Megan Munsie, Tamra Lysaght, Christopher Rudge, Narcyz Ghinea, Lisa Eckstein, Jane Neilsen, Jenny Kaldor, Dianne Nicol

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This column explores a recent health profession disciplinary case which throws light on the problems of unconventional interventions by medical practitioners under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (Qld). The case involved "innovative" practices which were later found to have been scientifically unsupported, dangerous to patients and grounds for cancelling the health practitioner's registration. This column looks at common features of these kinds of cases in Australia and then examines recent attempts by the Medical Board of Australia to draft policy guidance around the use of unconventional practice in medicine. This column concludes with a number of changes to improve the effectiveness of the proposed policy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)574-589
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Law and Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • informed consent
  • innovation
  • professional misconduct
  • unconventional practice
  • unsatisfactory professional practice


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