Editorially revised 2006 (reproduced with permission)
Members are advised of the importance of seeking the advice of colleagues should they be facing difficult ethical situations.
The Australian Medical Association (AMA) Code of Ethics articulates and promotes a body of ethical principles to guide doctors' conduct in their relationships with patients, colleagues and society.
This Code has grown out of other similar ethical codes stretching back into history including the Hippocratic Oath.
Because of their special knowledge and expertise, doctors have a responsibility to improve and maintain the health of their patients who, either in a vulnerable state of illness or for the maintenance of their health, entrust themselves to medical care.
The doctor–patient relationship is itself a partnership based on mutual respect and collaboration. Within the partnership, both the doctor and the patient have rights as well as responsibilities.
Changes in society, science and the law constantly raise new ethical issues and may challenge existing ethical perspectives.
The AMA accepts the responsibility for setting the standards of ethical behaviour expected of doctors.
THE DOCTOR AND THE PATIENT
Consider first the well-being of your patient.
Treat your patient with compassion and respect.
Approach health care as a collaboration between doctor and patient.
Practise the science and art of medicine to the best of your ability.
Continue lifelong self-education to improve your standard of medical care.
Maintain accurate contemporaneous clinical records.
Ensure that doctors and other health professionals upon whom you call to assist in the care of your patients are appropriately qualified.