Melissa Carius is a senior associate in our Insurance & Health Law team and is based in the Brisbane office. She has a broad range of experience in health law matters, personal injury claims and insurance law generally.
Areas of Specialisation:
- Medical negligence claims defence
- Coronial investigations and inquests
- Disciplinary matters, specifically representation in OHO and AHPRA complaints
- Workplace health and safety investigations and prosecutions
Melissa specialises in the defence of medical negligence claims, representing public and private hospitals as well as individual practitioners in the pre-litigation process and litigated claims. Melissa assists health services and practitioners with Coronial matters, including preparation of evidence during Coronial investigations and representation at Coronial inquests. Melissa represents medical practitioners in disciplinary matters including OHO and AHPRA complaints.
Melissa also acts for companies and directors in workplace health and safety investigations and prosecutions, and has represented a company and an individual prosecuted in relation to the death of a worker.
Alongside her role as a solicitor, Melissa has an interest in training and education, and regularly delivers educational and professional development sessions to clients. She has also contributed to our in-house podcast, The Checkup, with plain English explanations of complex legal principles and discussions on issues particular to Indigenous health.
"I enjoy the variety of work that I am exposed to at Barry.Nilsson. No two cases are ever the same, which keeps it really interesting."
Melissa has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Business (Distinction), as well as a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice.
Industrial manslaughter laws gain traction and a ban on insurance for penalties – WHS update for QLD and NSW
19 Jun 2020
Informed consent for Down’s syndrome screening: asking patients the right question
18 Nov 2019
Hospital & doctor not liable for alleged treatment failures following horse bite
30 Aug 2019
Work Health & Safety Update – Director imprisoned and $1M fine ordered under Qld legislation
19 Feb 2019