With thanks to Associate Professor Tina Cockburn for drawing my attention to Todd v South Eastern Sydney Local Health District  NSWSC 1288 (on AUSTLII).
The application was in respect of a patient who had been admitted to St George Hospital with Covid 19. The Covid-19 infection had passed however the patient remained in a critical condition and required intensive care. The plaintiff sought the administering of a regime, essentially of high doses of vitamin C, high doses of vitamin D and zinc sulphate on the basis that some overseas studies and protocols (and some work that has been done in Australia and New Zealand) suggests that such dosages can be effective in the treatment of sepsis which the plaintiff now suffers.
It was conceded by the plaintiff that it is inappropriate for the Court to require the doctor, or a staff member for that matter, to administer medication which they consider to be inappropriate (at ).
The Court commented at :
There can be little doubt that the regime is not a regime which is generally accepted by practitioners in the area dealing with these problems. However, with the possible exception of the longer term effects of high doses of vitamin C, the specialist at ICU did not say that the regime would actually harm the patient. On the current regime of treatment, it is anticipated that the patient will die relatively shortly, by that I mean within the next few days, although of course these prognoses are never certain.
In the circumstances the Court declined to make the order sought, but directed the solicitors to confer regarding two possibiliities – an order to facilitate the administration of the regime by an approved doctor, or the arranging of a facility that might be willing to administer the regime and a method of transport, if that is desired by the plaintiff. The proceedings were otherwise adjourned.