An ethical dilemma

I was recently fortunate enough to mentor a John Flynn medical student over three years. He certainly saw a wide range of pathology in general practice, but confided to me at the end of his placement that the most challenging cases were the ethical dilemmas that we GPs are faced with daily.

His comment reminded me of a difficult case I had some years ago.

Selina was a rather immature but charming 14-year-old Indigenous girl who also happened to be a family friend. She was raised by her aunt, as her mother was an alcoholic. I suspected that