Informed Consent in Endodontics: Clinical and Medico-Legal Considerations

Informed Consent in Endodontics: Clinical and Medico-Legal Considerations

Dr Mark Johnstone

BDSc (Hons), DCD (Endo), MHlth&MedLaw, FPFA

Lecturer’s Biography

Dr Mark Johnstone graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Dental Science with Honours in 2008, Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Endodontics) in 2014, and a Master of Health and Medical Law in 2019. He is a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He has been involved in teaching at continuing education programmes throughout Australia. He works in private practice in Maribyrnong, Victoria.

Lecture Synopsis

Communication is a fundamental element of every patient interaction. Unfortunately, complaints against clinicians are increasing yearly, often as a result of a breakdown in communication. As clinicians, it is our duty to provide information to patients about their health in such a way that they can make a fully informed decision regarding their treatment. Whilst every interaction is unique, there are key elements that must be included in a dialogue to reduce the chance of miscommunication and future complaints, and to fulfil our legal obligations to our patients.

The aim of this presentation will be to discuss the ethical and legal obligations of informed consent and to present an example of consultation and informed consent discussion in an endodontic setting. 

Learning outcomes: 

  • To understand the legal principles underpinning informed consent doctrine
  • To understand what information is required for valid consent 
  • To learn strategies of how to present clinical information to patients

Lecture Pre-Reading

References for further reading (available at

  • Rogers v Whitaker [1992] HCA 58
  • Chappel v Hart [1998] HCA 55
  • Wallace v Kam [2013] HCA 19

NB: Lecture-only option is not available

RSVP: Monday 6th of March 2023

  • Date : 15/03/2023-15/03/2023
  • Time : 06:15 PM-08:30 PM
  • Registration Deadline : 06/03/2023
  • Venue : Level 10, Woodward Centre, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Law (Building 106), 185 Pelham St, Carlton, VIC 3053

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