Giving evidence in court - tips and traps for medical professionals who may be called on as an expert witness12 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...
The Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media and Online Networking for Health Practitioners24 January 2019 | Insurance & Health Law
The Rise of Social Media Social media has expanded rapidly in the last decade and is a powerful tool for people to share opinions, information, experiences, images, and video or audio clips. The use of social media can have an enormous benefit for people...
Making data work: can real-time prescribing save lives?24 January 2019 | Insurance & Health Law
A recent inquest highlights the risks of opioid-addicted patients doctor shopping to obtain medication. Mr William House was just 30 years old when he accidentally overdosed on a combination of OxyContin and fentanyl patches (opioid prescription...
Extent to which family can make submissions at an inquest24 January 2019 | Insurance & Health Law
The recent coronial inquest into the death of Joshua ‘Joshie’ Ryan Statis considered, among other matters, the extent to which family members could make submissions at an inquest. The Coroner, relying on the findings following the inquest into...
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...
A new mandatory reporting scheme to reduce the impact of medicine shortages16 January 2019 | Insurance & Health Law
In response to the increasing threat of medicine shortages the Australian parliament has passed the Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2018 Measures No. 1) Act 2018 (Cth) (the Act). The Act amends the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (Cth) to introduce mandatory...