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Multidisciplinary team practice in law and ethics: an Australian perspective

Robert Irvine and John McPhee

in Ethics

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9781861347558
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302216 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861347558.003.0010
Multidisciplinary team practice in law and ethics: an Australian perspective

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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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