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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

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