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  • Meridian has one of the largest and most expansive health law practices in Australia. Our deep understanding of the business of health and its regulations is unparalleled. Clients in the health sector benefit from our hands-on approach and nuanced understanding of insurance, corporate and commercial, workplace relations and safety law.

    Our clients include leading local and overseas insurers, some of Australia’s most prominent companies and organisations, a large number of professional member associations, and hundreds of health care businesses and individual health care practitioners.

    We have established relationships with numerous national peak bodies across the health care sector, which gives us unique insight into issues that all industry participants face. We act for many healthcare allied health services on a wide range of issues including corporate and commercial transactions and advise on the regulation of health and healthcare services across Australia, medico-legal as well as litigation advice concerning professional indemnity and public liability claims.

    A number of our lawyers are recognised by Best Lawyers Australia 2019 in Health and Aged Care and Medical Negligence. Meridian was also recognised in the latest edition of the Doyle’s Guide as one of Australia’s leading medical negligence and professional indemnity legal practices.

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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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