Developing a code of ethics for psychiatry: the Australasian experience.
R Pargiter, S Bloch
Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry | Published : 1994
The first ever code of ethics of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists was promulgated in 1992. In this paper two of the four members of the College's Ethics Committee (which prepared the document) describe the code's provenance and the procedure used to determine its form and content. The code, a milestone in the College's history, reflects its maturity in confronting the many ethical issues with which psychiatrists have to wrestle in contemporary clinical (and research) practice. We hope that our account will assist them to deal effectively with this pivotal aspect of their professional work.