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  1. 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...

  2. The Checkup Episode 15: A Climate Change Emergency with Dr Lai Heng Foong

    25 June 2020 | Insurance & Health Law

    Whilst COVID-19 caused incredible loss, fear and panic around the world, there was a silver lining to the pandemic – a rejuvenation of our environment. With the world in lockdown and an unprecedented downturn in manufacturing, there has since been...

  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. Could I face a class action if I fail to diagnose a patient with COVID-19?

    8 June 2020 | Insurance & Health Law

    Yes! The risk of this presently seems small given the current low rate of community transmission in Australia. However, there only need to be 7+ persons affected in a class action. This is certainly possible if there is an outbreak, for instance, at a...

  5. We may not be ok. Taking care of mental health during Covid-19

    2 June 2020 | Insurance & Health Law

    There is no doubt that we are all living through one of the most tumultuous periods in modern times with most of us dealing with unprecedented changes to how we live and work as a result of COVID-19. We wanted to find out how this period has impacted our...

  6. How do I obtain informed consent to a Telehealth consultation?

    26 May 2020 | Insurance & Health Law

    Telehealth services are currently providing a critical service in enabling patients to continue to receive care while also enabling health services to continue to operate. From a public policy perspective, they have also been playing an important role in...

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