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  1. Who can access children's medical records?

    24 September 2018 | Insurance & Health Law

    The answer is not always straightforward. We look at issues that can arise where parents are divorced, families are separated and when the child’s views should be considered. Parent’s rights generally Generally speaking, a parent or guardian...

  2. Caring decisions: when doctors and parents disagree

    24 September 2018 | Insurance & Health Law

    The recent UK matter of Alfie Evans has brought into focus every parent’s worst nightmare – the decision to turn off a child’s life support. We look at the reasoning behind the UK Court’s decision to allow doctors to withdraw life...

  3. Eating disorders: use of involuntary treatments and the issue of consent

    24 September 2018 | Insurance & Health Law

    Eating disorders are a debilitating form of mental illness that affect approximately 4% of the Australian population at any one time.[1] The severity and impact of these disorders cannot be understated. Individuals suffering from eating disorders have...

  4. An ounce of prevention or a pound of cure?

    24 September 2018 | Insurance & Health Law

    The abolishment of the pre-approval process for the advertising of complementary medicines and harsher penalties for breaches of advertising regulations. On 5 March 2018, the Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2017 Measures No.1) Act 2018 (Amendment Act)...

  5. Ryan’s Rule: Queensland’s patient, family and carer escalation process

    24 September 2018 | Insurance & Health Law

    Ryan Saunders Ryan Charles Saunders was nearly three years old when he tragically died in hospital. His death was, in all likelihood, preventable. Ryan had attended upon his general practitioner on 20 September 2007 with enlarged glands on his neck and...

  6. The fallibility of fax machines to communicate test results – Inquest into the death of Mettaloka Malinda Halwala

    24 September 2018 | Insurance & Health Law

    Mettaloka Malinda Halwala was 58 years old when he died from complications of the chemotherapy he was receiving for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Prompt and effective communication of his abnormal test results may have prevented his death from this cause. At...

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