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  • Health,
  • Dec 6, 2019
  • Author: Andrew Saxton
  • INSIGHT: General practitioner successfully appeals negligence finding

    Abstract A Sydney-based general practitioner has successfully appealed a finding of negligence based on an alleged failure to refer a patient for specialist treatment in the context of particular pathology results (which predated his involvement in the patient’s care) on a background of a chronic and prolonged health condition.   District Court proceedings [1] Mr […]

  • Health,
  • Dec 6, 2019
  • Author: Kellie Dell’Oro
  • INSIGHT: Coroner recommends new standard for in patient observations

    The Coroner has recommended that the Chief Psychiatrist in Victoria formulate a directive in relation to standard protocols for conducting visual observations of patients at in-patient facilities. The recommendation comes as the result of findings at the inquest into the death of a woman who passed away whilst she was an in-patient at a private […]

  • Health,
  • Nov 18, 2019
  • Author: Kellie Dell’Oro
  • INSIGHT: VCAT confirms that disciplinary consequences may befall practitioners who treat their own family

    In 2019 we have seen an increased focus by AHPRA and the National Boards on ensuring the observance of professional boundaries between registered health service providers and their patients.  In our experience, investigations into professional boundary transgressions are most commonly triggered when a romantic relationship between the practitioner and the patient turns sour. However, these […]

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