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Otago Medical School staff profiles

Alison Douglass

PositionHonorary Senior Lecturer
DepartmentBioethics Centre
Qualifications LLB ( University of Canterbury) MBHL (University of Otago)
TeachingGuest lecturer, Dunedin School of Medicine Advanced Learning in Medicine ALM-5.
Memberships
  • Deputy Chair, Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal appointed October 2018
  • Past Chair, Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ACART membership 2011–2017)
  • Past convenor of the New Zealand Law Society Health Law Committee

Research

Alison was the 2014 recipient of the New Zealand Law Foundation International Research Fellowship. Her legal research project, based from the Bioethics Centre, involved a comparative analysis of English mental capacity law with New Zealand law, the Protection of Personal Rights Act 1988 and the Code of Health and Disability Consumers' Rights. Alison published a law reform report: A Douglass, Mental Capacity: Updating New Zealand’s Law and Practice (Report for the New Zealand Law Foundation, Dunedin, July 2016) ISBN 978-0-473-40973-9

Read the report at:
www.alisondouglass.co.nz

In 2017 the Law Foundation awarded a further grant to write a book to be published in 2019, (Victoria University Press) “Assessment of Capacity: A New Zealand Guide” with Dr Greg Young, consultant psychiatrist and Professor John McMillan, Bioethics Centre, co-authors of the practice guidance: “A Toolkit for Assessing Capacity'.

Additional details

Barrister, practising from Barristers Chambers, Dunedin, specialising in health and disability law and ethics. http://www.barristerschambers.co.nz

Publications

Douglass, A. (2018). Rethinking necessity and best interests in New Zealand mental capacity law. Medical Law International. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0968533218762240

Douglass, A., & Ballantyne, A. (2018). From protectionism to inclusion: A New Zealand perspective on health-related research involving adults incapable of giving informed consent. Bioethics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/bioe.12509

Young, G., Douglass, A., & Davison, L. (2018). What do doctors know about assessing decision-making capacity? New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1471), 58-71. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Douglass, A. (2017). Mental capacity. In K. A. Morris (Ed.), Cole's medical practice in New Zealand. (13th ed.) (pp. 225-245). Wellington, New Zealand: Medical Council of New Zealand.

Douglass, A. (2008). The new Human Tissue Act. New Zealand Law Journal, (October), 377-379.

Chapter in Book - Other

Douglass, A. (2017). Mental capacity. In K. A. Morris (Ed.), Cole's medical practice in New Zealand. (13th ed.) (pp. 225-245). Wellington, New Zealand: Medical Council of New Zealand.

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Journal - Research Article

Douglass, A. (2018). Rethinking necessity and best interests in New Zealand mental capacity law. Medical Law International. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0968533218762240

Young, G., Douglass, A., & Davison, L. (2018). What do doctors know about assessing decision-making capacity? New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1471), 58-71. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Douglass, A., & Ballantyne, A. (2018). From protectionism to inclusion: A New Zealand perspective on health-related research involving adults incapable of giving informed consent. Bioethics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/bioe.12509

Douglass, A. (2008). The new Human Tissue Act. New Zealand Law Journal, (October), 377-379.

Daniels, K., & Douglass, A. (2008). Access to genetic information by donor offspring and donors: Medicine, policy and law in New Zealand. Medicine & Law, 27(1), 131-146.

Douglass, A., & Crampton, P. (2004). Protection of health research participants in the United States: A review of two cases. New Zealand Bioethics Journal, (June), 6-12.

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