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  1. Radical surgery and the limits of parental control: The removal of half of Baby K’s brain

    20 September 2018 | Insurance & Health Law

    The Queensland Supreme Court, exercising its parens patriae jurisdiction, upheld an application by a hospital to undertake an extreme procedure known as a functional hemispherectomy on a baby who suffered from frequent and severe seizures in circumstances...

  2. Until platypus milk saves the world, how to minimise claims exposure for superbug infections

    27 March 2018 | Insurance & Health Law

    Australian researchers have identified a protein in platypus milk that may hold the key to winning the fight against antibiotic-resistant superbugs. The monotreme’s milk has antibacterial properties that scientists are hoping to synthesise and...

  3. A surgeon’s bias leads to a failure to consent

    20 November 2017 | Insurance & Health Law

    The recent case of Jambrovic v Day spells a warning to health providers to ensure that all relevant treatment alternatives are explored in the consenting process. The plaintiff was diagnosed with a brain tumour in March 2011 and his treating neurosurgeon...

  4. The tricky matter of assessing capacity and the woman who lost her sparkle

    3 August 2017 | Insurance & Health Law

    Patients who have capacity are able to make medical treatment decisions for themselves. The by-product of this is that a competent patient can refuse treatment, even where that treatment is life-saving and even where others might consider that refusal...

  5. Dr Death: a tale of two countries

    26 May 2017 | Insurance & Health Law

    Both Australia and England have had their high-profile ‘Dr Deaths’ and have had to come to terms with how medically trained men, who were supposed to have dedicated their lives to saving others, were able to get away with gross incompetence...