As stated on the Australian Medical Association website:
"The AMA Code of Ethics articulates and promotes a body of ethical principles to guide doctors’ conduct in their relationships with patients, colleagues and society.
This Code has grown out of other similar ethical codes stretching back into history including the Hippocratic Oath.
Because of their special knowledge and expertise, doctors have a responsibility to improve and maintain the health of their patients who, either in a vulnerable state of illness or for the maintenance of their health, entrust themselves to medical care.
The doctor-patient relationship is itself a partnership based on mutual respect and collaboration.
Within the partnership, both the doctor and the patient have rights as well as responsibilities.
Changes in society, science and the law constantly raise new ethical issues and may challenge existing ethical perspectives.
The AMA accepts the responsibility for setting the standards of ethical behaviour expected of doctors."