Peter C Gaughwin

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OBJECTIVE The purpose of this article is to consider whether, in light of the significant controversy surrounding the Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental illnesses (fifth edition) (DSM-5), it may be time for Australia to reconsider the influence of, and its past reliance on, the DSM. Also considered is whether it is now time, with the imminent(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim is to consider whether the courts and experts in their application of Criterion F for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have applied it consistently in civil claims brought years after the event. METHOD Three cases for compensation relating to the Voyager disaster are considered. RESULTS It appears, from the cases considered in this(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this paper was to consider some of the recent literature that has raised questions about the prevalence of, and problems with, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the forensic context and whether it is a failure by experts to consider adequately Criterion A (1), which leads them into error and results in a skewed picture of the(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this paper was to consider whether the Courts in their application of Criterion A for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the civil forensic context are in harmony or in conflict with psychiatry. METHOD Discussed are five cases from the civil forensic jurisdiction that considered plaintiffs' submissions that, as a consequence of(More)
OBJECTIVE To consider the relationship between the Rules of Court for expert witnesses and the revised Ethical Guideline No. 9 and Practice Guideline No. 9 of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) and how this affects the responsibilities that psychiatrists have to a court and to their profession, when they enter the legal(More)
OBJECTIVE AND METHOD This article examines some of the ethical and legal issues which confront the psychiatrist who is asked to provide a forensic psychiatric assessment. Theory is explained and illustrated by way of a case study. RESULTS Recent cases demonstrate a tendency by some psychiatrists to adopt an advocacy role in legal proceedings, to the(More)