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  1. The Gillick competent child and Section 20 of the Transplantation and Anatomy Act 1979 (Qld)

    22 January 2019 | Insurance & Health Law

    The Queensland Supreme Court recently authorised a hospital to administer a blood transfusion to a Gillick competent 15 year old patient who is pregnant with twins. The Court did not resolve the question of whether s20 of the Transplantation and Anatomy...

  2. Mum, why can’t we sit in the waiting room?

    27 March 2018 | Insurance & Health Law

    Cross infection between CF patients and challenges for healthcare providers Both debilitating and isolating, the susceptibility of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients to infection, and in particular to infection from other CF patients, presents unique...

  3. How much is too much information? The dose response curve of informed consent

    9 November 2017 | Insurance & Health Law

    “While the over-informed person is inconvenienced, the under-informed has his/her autonomy violated.” – United States Medical Ethicist, Robert Veatch. “A patient may make an unbalanced judgment because he is deprived of adequate...

  4. Mandatory reporting – A hospital’s obligations

    26 May 2017 | Insurance & Health Law

    In 2010, against a background of several high profile investigations into the practices of individual doctors in Australia and the UK, mandatory notification obligations were introduced in Australia. Since then, the regime has attracted its share of...

  5. Consent to treatment in emergency situations

    9 November 2016 | Insurance & Health Law

    At 3:00am an ambulance pulls into the emergency department carrying a young man suffering life threatening stab wounds. The man is drifting in and out of consciousness and unable to answer the paramedics’ questions coherently. He is accompanied by a...

  6. Alleged bullies may get employer support

    13 October 2016 | Insurance & Health Law

    In Issue Employer may owe duty of care to employee to take reasonable steps to prevent psychiatric injury when conducting a workplace investigation The Background In 2008 and 2009, 4 management employees (the managers) at a Disability Services Queensland...

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