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  1. Giving evidence in court - tips and traps for medical professionals who may be called on as an expert witness

    12 April 2019 | Insurance & Health Law

    A medical practitioner may be called as a witness to give evidence in court, and the evidence provided by doctors can assist the Court in making informed and fair decisions. Giving evidence in court can be a daunting experience, but knowing the protocols...

  2. Coroner's Court of Queensland - Investigation into the death of Mr B

    9 November 2016 | Insurance & Health Law

    Aboriginal man dies from complications of an undiagnosed subdural haematoma when his symptoms were incorrectly attributed to alcohol withdrawal. Date of findings: 15 September 2016 Coroner: Ainslie Kirkegaard Inquest Place: Brisbane Date of death: 31...

  3. Security risks within the Emergency Department

    9 November 2016 | Insurance & Health Law

    Violence within healthcare facilities, particularly within emergency departments, is a widespread problem in Australia. Healthcare workers such as paramedics and nurses, as well as other patients and bystanders, face a real risk of injury as the result of...

  4. Privacy in an age of distrust

    21 September 2016 | Insurance & Health Law

    Who Do You Trust? Privacy is the governing framework which controls access to the collection and use of a persons personal information. Many, arguably most Australians are uncomfortable with the thought of their private information, including their health...

  5. Hospital-acquired infections – When are hospitals legally liable?

    16 August 2016 | Insurance & Health Law

    In previous Healthfiles articles, we have highlighted the implications of antibiotic resistance and hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), those which patients acquire during the course of receiving treatment for other conditions. These issues remain...

  6. What do the new Mental Health reforms mean for hospitals and medical practitioners?

    16 August 2016 | Insurance & Health Law

    The Mental Health Act 2016 (Qld) (“the Act”) represents the biggest mental health law reform in Queensland in 15 years. Existing laws governing the examination and treatment of patients with a mental illness have not up kept to date with...

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