COVID-19 – Legal and ethical implications for your practice

Ruth Townsend, Michael Eburn


This short commentary aims to begin the discussion about the legal and ethical changes to paramedic practice that are likely to occur over the next six to twelve months in response to the COVID-19 crisis.


COVID-19; paramedic; ethics; medical services; law

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Berlinger N, Wynia M, Powell T, et al. (2020) Ethical framework for health care institutions and guidelines for institutional ethics services responding to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The Hastings Centre, NY. Available at:

Paramedicine Board of Australia (2020) Statement from the Paramedicine Board and AHPRA in response to COVID-19. Available at:



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