(2010; 22 pages)
Good Medical Practice (the code) describes what is expected of all doctors registered to practise medicine in Australia. It sets out the principles that characterise good medical practice and makes explicit the standards of ethical and professional conduct expected of doctors by their professional peers and the community. The code was developed following wide consultation with the medical profession and the community. The code is addressed to doctors and is also intended to let the community know what they can expect from doctors. The application of the code will vary according to individual circumstances, but the principles should not be compromised.
This code complements the Australian Medical Association Code of Ethics1 and is aligned with its values, and is also consistent with the Declaration of Geneva and the International Code of Medical Ethics, 2 issued by the World Medical Association.
This code does not set new standards. It brings together, into a single Australian code, standards that have long been at the core of medical practice.
The practice of medicine is challenging and rewarding. No code or guidelines can ever encompass every situation or replace the insight and professional judgment of good doctors. Good medical practice means using this judgment to try to practise in a way that would meet the standards expected of you by your peers and the community.