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  1. Voluntary Assisted Dying in Australia: What you need to know

    7 October 2021 | Insurance & Health Law

    The latest piece of end-of-life legislation passed Australian State parliament this month, with Queensland’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Act being made accessible to eligible Queenslanders from 2023. This is now the fifth Australian state to pass legislation in this area.

  2. Overprotected?! How would Britney’s conservatorship hold up in Queensland?

    7 September 2021 | Insurance & Health Law

    Most people will be familiar with the very public rise and fall of pop icon, Britney Spears. We all witnessed the headlines that followed Britney’s journey as she transformed from the world’s inaugural and most Googled pop princess, to a young...

  3. Typo in email address leads to compensation awards for privacy breach

    13 July 2020 | Insurance & Health Law

    Is your patients’ privacy adequately protected? In a decision published on 1 July 2020,1 the Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner ordered a medical practice to pay compensation totalling $16,400 to two complainants arising...

  4. Providing ECT to adults with impaired capacity outside of the Mental Health Act 2016

    2 July 2020 | Insurance & Health Law

    We were recently involved in a novel application seeking authorisation for the administration of Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) to an adult in an induced coma for the treatment of super-refractory status epilepticus. The matter was considered in closed...

  5. Urgent applications concerning life support, foetus viability and organ donation

    16 June 2020 | Insurance & Health Law

    The recent decision of Millard v ACT [2020] ACTSC concerned a costs application in urgent proceedings that had mostly resolved. It provides helpful commentary on issues between a spouse, a hospital and family members concerning life support and organ...

  6. 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...

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