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A brief primer on Good Samaritan law for health care professionals

Hyder Gulam and John Devereux

Australian Health Review 31(3) 478 - 482
Published: 2007


The Good Samaritan law is not found on the statute books, but has been a concept that courts have applied as public policy. However, this has recently changed in all the states and territories in Australia with the codification of Good Samaritan law. This paper is a timely reminder for health practitioners of the doctrine of the Good Samaritan, as well as the relative legal uncertainty of rescue at common law.

© AHHA 2007

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