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.
Patrick Mullins is a Canberra-based author and academic. His first book, Tiberius with a Telephone, a biography of former Australian prime minister William McMahon (1971–72), was published by Scribe in October 2018. It won the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction, at the 2020 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, and the National Biography Award for 2020. His second book, The Trials of Portnoy, is an account of the downfall of literary censorship in Australia as sparked by the publication of Philip Roth’s novel Portnoy’s Complaint. It was published by Scribe in June 2020. Patrick completed a PhD at the University of Canberra in 2014, where he worked thereafter as a lecturer and tutor in the writing and journalism programs. He retains an honorary appointment at the university as an adjunct assistant professor in the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research.
Membership of the Medico-Legal Society of Victoria is open to legally-qualified members of the medical and of the legal professions.