Health

No other law firm in Australia can boast the allied health profession client base of Meridian. Clients in the health sector appreciate the hands-on approach and genuine industry experience of our corporate, commercial and insurance lawyers.

We advise member organisations and individual health professionals on a myriad of issues, including:

  • corporate governance
  • dispute resolution
  • employment
  • health industry regulation and reform
  • intellectual property protection
  • privacy
  • professional indemnity claims
  • public liability claims
  • trade practices
  • stakeholder contracting.

Health industry professionals seek out our lawyers for their industry knowledge, responsiveness and caring style – we advise:

  • beauticians
  • chiropractors
  • dental prosthetists
  • dental hygienists
  • dental therapists
  • dentists
  • dietitians
  • fitness professionals
  • hospitals
  • medical practitioners
  • midwives
  • nurses
  • occupational therapists
  • optometrists
  • oral health therapists
  • osteopaths
  • pathology and radiology providers
  • pharmacists
  • physiotherapists
  • podiatrists
  • psychologists
  • radiographers
  • rehabilitation providers
  • speech pathologists

Corporate health

Our commercial team works closely with private sector health businesses, drawing on the industry knowledge gained from advising relevant peak bodies. We assist clients with acquisitions, divestments and new partnerships, funding arrangements, business structuring, franchising and group membership structures, information technology development, licensing and regulatory issues.

We advise a range of corporate entities including health funds, health and medical service providers, medical defence mutuals, medical indemnity insurers and reinsurers.

Our workplace relations team advises on contractual issues, employee entitlements and employer rights, regulatory reform and relevant Awards.

Health Insights

  • Disclosure of confidential genetic information to relatives

    The complexities and difficulties revisited — appeal from the interlocutory decision of ABC v St George’s Heath Care NHS Trust This article considers the health providers' duty of care in disclosing genetic information to a patient’s relatives when consent is withheld. In an earlier article in relation to the decision of ABC v St George’s Heath Care…

  • National registration of paramedics

    Paramedics are set to become the 15th registered health profession under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the ‘National Scheme’), with the registration of paramedics on track for mid-2018. A Bill to amend the Health Practitioner National Law (the ‘National Law’) is currently before the Queensland Parliament (the host jurisdiction…

  • Pharmacy insights – Spring 2017

    In this edition of Pharmacy insights we focus on recent legal developments which may impact on pharmacy businesses and highlight recent legislative changes to the Retail Leases Act in NSW, which import new protections for retail pharmacy tenants. Also, we discuss some recent cases in the franchise sector concerning disclosures…

  • Review of mandatory reporting laws for treating healthcare professionals

    On Friday 4 August 2017, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Health Council meeting of Australia’s health ministers unanimously agreed to review mandatory reporting legislation applicable to treating healthcare practitioners in Australia. The meeting communique stated that Health Ministers agreed that doctors should be able to seek treatment for health…

  • What do I need to know about the new Health Complaints Act 2016 (Vic)?

    In April, the Victorian Parliament passed the Health Complaints Act 2016 (the ‘Act’). The new Act repeals the Health Services (Conciliation and Review) Act 1987 and establishes a new legal framework for complaints about the provision of health services in Victoria. The Act also establishes the Office of the Health…

  • Lowering of two key Wrongs Act thresholds in Victoria

    The Wrongs (Amendment) Act 2015 (Vic) came into effect in Victoria in November 2015. It introduced a number of changes to damages assessments and eligibility thresholds. A key change was the lowering of the threshold level of impairment required for an injured person to be eligible to recover non-economic loss…

  • Holding nurses to account: AHPRA notifications, investigations, processes and outcomes

    Nursing is often referred to as a science and an art. A science in the sense that the nursing profession is based on research and an art because nursing is a profession grounded on caring for others and this entails building therapeutic relationships with patients. When things go wrong however,…

  • A reminder of what is notifiable conduct, and the consequences of failing to notify

    On 4 February 2015 the ACT Civil & Administrative Tribunal found a medical practitioner had breached section 141 of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (ACT) by failing to notify the Medical Board of Australia of Notifiable Conduct of another practitioner. The following facts were agreed: Dr A, a medical…

  • Storage and prescribing of medication in the dental surgery

    A dental scenario: A dental assistant, at the dentist’s direction, supplied an anxious patient with Serepax (oxazepam) prior to surgical extraction of a tooth. An entry was made in the electronic records that Serapax had been given including details of date and time the medication was provided. However, the dental…

  • Pharmacy insights – Summer 2015

    Pharmacy insights is a legal newsletter for pharmacists and pharmacy-related businesses. This edition includes a 'must read' for anyone considering buying a business. Also in this edition, why you really should make a will, and the dangers of dismissing employees without proper procedure. Read more... Contents Buying a pharmacy: an…

  • New office aims to improve health complaints process in Queensland

    Queensland’s new independent health complaints agency, the Office of the Health Ombudsman (OHO), commenced operation on 1 July this year. Replacing the Health Quality and Complaints Commission (HQCC), all health complaints in Queensland must now be directed to the OHO for investigation. The OHO will deal with any active health…

  • Advertising: A timely reminder

    Advertising compliance has been on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency’s radar recently, with Meridian Lawyers assisting a number of health practitioners, including dental practitioners, in relation to notices of concern. Advertising restrictions – the legislation Section 133 of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each…

  • AHPRA audits: tips for registered health professionals

    As a registered health professional applying for or renewing your registration, in accordance with your Board’s registration standards, you are required to declare that you have (or have not): met the recency of practice requirements; completed the required amount of continuing professional development (CPD); held appropriate professional indemnity insurance; and…

  • The changing state of play: The natural evolution of the professional regulation of pharmacy

    The revised suite of Guidelines issued by the Pharmacy Board of Australia (National Board) came into force on 7 December 2015. It is important that employee and locum pharmacists are aware of the revised Guidelines for Proprietor Pharmacists. The reason for this is twofold: first, it is important to have a…

  • Health professionals: Are you complying with your obligations?

    The Department of Human Services has released its Compliance Program for the next two financial years (2013–2015), setting out its proposed strategies for assisting recipients, health professionals and businesses to comply with their obligations when receiving services or payments. This information is important for many health professionals, who deal with…

  • The duty of care owed by a principal contractor – is it delegable?

    In its recent decision in Gulic v Boral Transport Ltd[1] the NSW Court of Appeal has found that the duty of are owed by a principal contractor is delegable even though the principal may have some power to direct the work being pursued. Factual background At the time of the…

  • Certain contractual indemnities void in Queensland injury claims – some traps for brokers

    Changes to Queensland workers’ compensation legislation mean that contractual indemnities previously used (largely by principals with their contractors) to transfer exposure to injury claims onto WorkCover Queensland, as the insurer of the employer of the injured person, are now void. Large corporates will now look for other ways to transfer…

  • Fast-tracked orthodontic treatments give rise to informed consent and scope of practice issues

    A dental scenario: A patient raised concerns about his smile during a routine consultation with his general dentist. He wanted to improve the alignment of his front teeth and to have his upper central incisors moved inwards. He had seen advertising regarding some proprietary fast-tracked orthodontic treatments and enquired about…

  • Pitfalls of group buying advertising for health practitioners

    Health practitioners across a variety of registered health professions, such as dental practitioners, have been approached to participate in online marketing campaigns by group buying websites. Group buying is an ‘impulse buying’ phenomenon where products or services are offered for a strictly limited time at reduced prices. The deal is…

What our clients say

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    Clive Amery, founding director,
    AM Actuaries

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    Cameron McCullagh, former Chief Operating Officer, Steadfast

  • “Meridian Lawyers always provides an outstanding level of service and quality of advice to both the Australian Veterinary Association and our members.”

    Graham Catt, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Veterinary Association

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    Claudine Sachwald, Physiotherapist

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    Allison Prince, Head of Claims, Guild Insurance

  • “Guild Insurance has a unique working relationship with Meridian Lawyers. We have always found their service to be cost conscious and they focus upon commercial resolutions taking into account overall cost considerations. They provide a wonderful service to our team.”

    Chris Harcourt, National Liability Claims, Guild Insurance

  • “The Meridian experience combines a depth of experience across a wide group of industries and Associations with integrity, robust advice, support and a tenacious defence of their clients’ legal entitlements.”

    Bill O’Reilly, client

  • “Thinking about the person from Meridian Lawyers who managed your claim, on a scale of 0-10 how satisfied were you: 10 out of 10 for Helpfulness, Knowledge, Courtesy, Professionalism, Clear Communication, Frequency of Communication.”

    Source: GIL customer survey January 2014

  • “Whilst I would never have chosen to be in the position I have found myself to be in, I consider myself fortunate to have come to know and deal with Kellie Dell’Oro. Her absolute professionalism, integrity, palpable expertise and compassion are sincerely appreciated. She has been able to alleviate much of the stress associated with an inherently stressful process and for that I am truly grateful.”

    Physiotherapist, Victoria

  • “I would not hesitate to recommend Meridian Lawyers. Their service has been both professional and personalised – I could not have hoped for better legal support than I have received. Should I need legal advice again, Meridian Lawyers would most definitely be my first choice.”

    Physiotherapist, Victoria

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