The Medico-Legal Society of Victoria was established in 1931. The objectives of the society are the promotion of medico-legal knowledge and the fostering of professional and collegiate scholarship and interaction among members of the medical and legal professions. This is achieved by facilitating the exchange of ideas and information at general meetings held about six times per year. Persons of eminence in their field are invited to the meetings to deliver papers of mutual interest to the two professions.
The health and wellbeing of doctors is not an abstract issue or vain professional self-indulgence. There is clear evidence that doctors who are healthy and clear-thinking provide better patient care and are less likely to make errors or be subject to complaints. However there is a long tradition among doctors to place a low priority on their own wellbeing. Steve Robson is the immediate past-president of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. As an intern in a small rural town in the 1980s his attempt at suicide was interrupted purely by chance - or so he thought for 30 years. After three decades of shame during which he did not confide in anybody Steve published an article about his own experience that drew international attention. He had always felt that the death of a patient under his care as a junior doctor was one on the contributors to his mental state at the time - but was the truth far worse?
Membership of the Medico-Legal Society of Victoria is open to legally-qualified members of the medical and of the legal professions.