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Emergency Law: Rights, Liabilities and Duties of Emergency Workers and Volunteers

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ISBN13: 9781862879362
Published: August 2013
Publisher: The Federation Press
Country of Publication: Australia
Format: Paperback
Price: £37.00



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The latest edition of this book has been updated to incorporate the latest developments in case law and legislation. To cover all of Australia, the work has been expanded to include the law in Australia’s smallest self-governing territory, Norfolk Island.

For first aiders and paramedics, the discussion on the legal powers granted to paramedics when treating the mentally ill; the patient’s right to refuse treatment and the use of professional training when responding as a volunteer or good Samaritan has been revised and expanded.

The chapter on responding to large scale disasters has been significantly re-written to include a discussion on AIIMS (the Australian Inter-Agency Incident Management System (4th ed, 2013) and the relationship between AIIMS and state counter disaster or emergency management legislation. Included is a detailed discussion on when control of emergency response can be transferred from the lead agency to a central coordinating committee or to the police. This discussion identifies sources of potential role conflict that may pose a significant threat in the next major catastrophe. There is a new discussion on the role of local government in Australian emergency management and a revised and expanded discussion on the role of the Commonwealth.

The chapter on legal liability reports on the outcome of litigation arising from the catastrophic bushfires in 2001 (Sydney) and 2003 (Canberra). In light of the National Strategy on Disaster Resilience and the concept of shared responsibility for emergency management there is an expanded discussion on how the law allocates responsibility to individuals, communities, workplaces and to the State.

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Subjects:
Other Jurisdictions , Australia
Contents:
Foreword
Foreword to the Third Edition
Preface
List of Abbreviations
Table of Cases
Table of Statutes

1. Legal Principles
2. First Aid and Prehospital Care
3. Fire Fighting and Rescue
4. Ambulance, Fire and Emergency Services
5. Preparing for and Responding to Complex Emergencies
6. Legal Liability
7. Driving Emergency Vehicles
8. Compensation for Rescuers
9. Conclusion

Appendix - Ready Reference: Powers of Emergency Officers
Index