Doctors Acting as Medical Witnesses


Medical practitioners hold a high level of clinical independence resulting from highly specialised knowledge and skills on which their patients, the general public, the health care system and Australian judicial system rely upon. Expert medical evidence is often critical to the administration of justice in legal proceedings involving health and medical matters.

A medical practitioner may be called as a medical witness to give evidence in court, at a tribunal, or as part of an alternative dispute resolution process. Expert evidence provided by doctors can assist the courts or alternative dispute resolution process in making informed, fair decisions.

This module aims to help you understand the AMA Ethical Guidelines for Doctors Acting as Medical Witnesses 2011. Revised 2016 should you be called upon as the treating doctor or an independent expert witness.

1 hour Online Learning

ACRRM 1 hour


Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop a broad understanding of the AMA Ethical Guidelines for Doctors Acting as Medical Witnesses 2011. Revised 2016
  2. Name the principles that underpin the guidelines
  3. Engage in ethical practices when called upon as a medical witness in Australia


  • Module Overview
  • Doctors Acting as Medical Witnesses

Clinical independence, Australian judicial system, expert medical evidence, administration of justice, legal proceedings, health and medical matters, court evidence, tribunal, dispute resolution, informed decision, independent expert witness, treating doctor, experience, expertise, assessors, court-appointed experts, referees, single joint experts, joint expert conclaves


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Australian Medical Association
Online Education
1h : 0m
MBA: 1h : 0m
ACRRM - Fellow: 1h : 0m
ACRRM - Non Fellow: 1h : 0m
$33.00 inc. of GST
Ethics and Professionalism
Medical Practitioner, Doctor-in-Training, Non-Vocationally Registered, Retired, Specialist - Other, Specialist General Practitioner

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