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Audrey Leathard and Susan McLaren

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347558

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347558.001.0001

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Multidisciplinary team practice in law and ethics: an Australian perspective

Multidisciplinary team practice in law and ethics: an Australian perspective

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(p.142) (p.143) Ten Multidisciplinary team practice in law and ethics: an Australian perspective
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Ethics
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Robert Irvine

John McPhee

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861347558.003.0010

This chapter looks at Australian perspectives on multidisciplinary team practice in law and ethics. Collaborative teamwork in health care settings tends to be an indeterminate, multifaceted social and moral idea. As a result, it covers a range of different practices, ideologies, and institutions. Through the analogy of the ‘captain of the ship’, the success of teamwork depends on strategies for governing complex assemblies of individual conduct, collective action, technologies, space, and communication. It is argued that some legal and conventional ethics discourses stand in the way of agents developing multidisciplinary collaboration and co-participation. Multidisciplinary teamwork would also benefit from more adaptive socially founded moral frameworks that emphasise the socio-relational practice of ‘creating ethics’.

Keywords:   law, ethics, collaborative teamwork, health care

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