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posted by JoeTillman, Vancouver, BC Canada, 14.05.2016, 23:36

From my most recent research it appears that written informed consent has not been a requirement, at least on the federal level, in Australia. In NSW, the state where Dr. Woods is established, it is also not a requirement.

April 20, 2011 NSW Policy Directive PDF File

"Consent
Patients must give consent before receiving treatment.
In most cases this will be verbal consent. It is NSW Health
policy that written consent is given for some procedures,
such as surgery."


Also interesting. I believe this would be language that would allow FUE to be considered a minor procedure...

NSW Policies PDF File

"Signed consent forms are not required for minor procedures performed under local anesthesia, eg insertion of IV cannulae, urethral catheterisation, or suture of minor lacerations. However, the criteria for obtaining a valid consent must still be met, the procedure must still be explained to the patient and it is advisable for a written note to be made in the patient’s medical records to this effect."

We have a situation where Dr. Woods has been extolling his virtuous decision to not require "legal forms" aka "informed consent forms" while in North America this has not even been an option. I suspect it is the same situation in the EU but I'd rather not spend more time researching this today.

Further, in the US (and Canada) just because one has signed an informed consent form does not mean that they are out of luck if the procedure does not turn out as expected. I found several references to "written consent" not being enough to protect a doctor. Keep that in mind, guys.

Regardless, it appears that as of October 1, 2016, Dr. Woods will have no choice but to obtain informed consent for even minor surgery as new laws go into effect thereby rendering his unfair ( not to mention undisclosed) so called advantage null and void.

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/156989/20160510/australian-medical-board-issues-new-guidelines-cosmetic-surgery-industry.htm

"Patients will benefit particularly from the improved informed consent provisions. Cosmetic medicine and surgery are almost always self-referred, and there is a greater need for the stronger informed consent guidelines announced today by the Medical Board of Australia," said Dr. Ron Bezic, college president."

While signed informed consent is not required in NSW it is strongly encouraged and is considered part of the basic medical ethic.




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