Ethics!. Past Exam Questions. Year 2 PSA1.3 2010.
Past Exam Questions
In Question 4, you were asked to identify benefits for Mavis from smoking cessation, even at this stage (Dx of SCLC). As a long-term smoker, and particularly in view of her unwillingness to cease following treatment for lung cancer, Mavis would be described by some people as suffering from a self-induced disease.
Australian Medical Association:
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Week 6 Learning Resource, Mal Parker:
Not surprisingly, euthanasia supporters criticise the distinction made between intended and foreseen effects, and consider that if treatment which “incidentally” brings about death is acceptable, then so should treatment which is intended to bring about death, in appropriate circumstances. The emphasis here is on the similarity of consequences, rather than strict intentions, although some critics also claim that a foreseen effect is, ipso facto, intended.“
You remind Jack about the advance health directive which you assisted him to
complete six months before, and the recent amendment to the Queensland criminal
code concerning medical treatment of terminally ill patients.
Question 2. (8 marks)
(a) What specific protection does the recent amendment to the criminal code provide to doctors? (4 marks)
(b) If Jack did not appoint an attorney for health matters at the time he wrote his advance health directive, who would be most likely to be his statutory health attorney in the event that he became incompetent to make health decisions?
(c) Is Jack legally entitled, by way of his advance health directive, to refuse to have life
sustaining treatment initiated, should his medical condition deteriorate to the point where it becomes necessary? (2 marks)
Jack’s son Jim came to see you, soon after you diagnosed Jack’s cancer. Jim was
very angry that his father had not had a test when his uncle Bert died. He considered that if Jack had been tested, he would not have the cancer now. He informed you that he intended to seek legal advice about obtaining damages for Jack’s condition.