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Considering the Provision of Growth Attenuation Treatment to Profoundly Disabled Children in Light of the Family Court's Welfare Jurisdiction.
J Law Med ; 26(4): 874-895, 2019 Jul.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31682365
ABSTRACT
Internationally, profoundly disabled children have received growth attenuation treatment to allow their parents to continue to care for them as they mature into adulthood. This article considers how the Family Court of Australia might approach this topic. It assumes that parents wishing to attenuate the linear growth of their child require an order from the Family Court under its welfare jurisdiction. This assumption is made because of the parents' conflict of interests; the treatment's irreversible nature; and the fact that it is sought for non-Gillick competent children. This article highlights the view that there are concerns about how the Court, given its adversarial nature and current approach to medical decisions, will determine whether this treatment is in a child's best interests. It concludes that a federally funded interdisciplinary administrative panel is better positioned to assess and decide each application on a case-by-case basis.
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Coleções: Bases de dados internacionais Base de dados: MEDLINE Assunto principal: Seguridade Social / Crianças com Deficiência Limite: Adulto / Criança / Humanos País/Região como assunto: Oceania Idioma: Inglês Revista: J Law Med Assunto da revista: Jurisprudência Ano de publicação: 2019 Tipo de documento: Artigo