Insights

  • Health,
  • Jun 11, 2019
  • Author: Kellie Dell’Oro
  • INSIGHT: SafeScript provides prescribers and pharmacists with real time access to the prescription history of their patients for high risk medicines.

    SafeScript provides Victorian prescribers and pharmacists access to the prescription history of their patients for high-risk medicines. SafeScript information can alert the prescriber and dispenser to patients at risk of harm or overdose associated with high risk medicines, and assist with deciding whether to prescribe or dispense the high-risk medicine. SafeScript will be implemented across […]

  • Health,
  • Jun 11, 2019
  • Author: Kellie Dell’Oro
  • INSIGHT: Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation comes into force in June

    The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 (Vic) (the Act) comes into operation on 19 June 2019, making Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD)[1] legal in Victoria. When the legislation comes into effect in June, Victorian registered medical practitioners need to be aware of their role in the application of the Act. For medical practitioners who wish to […]

  • Health,
  • Jun 5, 2019
  • Author: Daniel Davison Author: Sarah Twinn
  • INSIGHT: Medicare Shared Debt Recovery Scheme to significantly affect recovery of incorrect Medicare billings from next month

    From 1 July 2019, the Shared Debt Recovery Scheme will allow the Commonwealth Government to hold a practitioner (primary debtor) as well as another party such as medical and other health practices (secondary debtor) responsible for repayment of debts resulting from incorrectly claiming Medicare benefits. According to the recently enacted Health Insurance (Medicare Compliance Shared […]

  • Corporate & Commercial,
  • May 30, 2019
  • Author: Julia Smith
  • INSIGHT: Important information for property developers in Victoria: State Taxation Acts Amendment Bill 2019

    The State Taxation Acts Amendment Bill 2019 was introduced into the Victorian Parliament this week and was passed by the Lower House. Importantly for property developers, the Bill contains changes that will significantly broaden the scope of the ‘economic entitlement’ provisions of the Victorian Duties Act 2000 meaning that many property development arrangements that are […]

  • Health,
  • Apr 12, 2019
  • Author: Shannon Mony
  • INSIGHT: Police in Victoria and Western Australia, to share information with AHPRA

    In July 2018 the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and Victoria Police announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding information sharing. Under the Victorian agreement, AHPRA can disclose information to Victoria Police where there are allegations or evidence of criminal offending including physical harm, sexual offending, production of exploitative material, or drug offences. The […]

  • Health,
  • Apr 12, 2019
  • Author: Nevena Brown
  • INSIGHT: Professional Performance under the Spotlight | Inquiry into the actions of the regulator and local health district

    From 1999 onwards, Dr Emil Gayed worked in public and private hospitals across NSW. During that time, complaints and concerns were raised regarding Dr Gayed’s professional practice and performance. Dr Gayed was disqualified from practice following a Tribunal finding that Dr Gayed had engaged in numerous incidences of unsatisfactory professional conduct, and that together they […]

  • Health,
  • Mar 21, 2019
  • Author: Kellie Dell’Oro
  • INSIGHT: New powers used by Health Complaints Commissioner to stop unregistered service providers making false claims

    The Victorian Health Complaints Commissioner (the Commissioner) can now issue general health warnings and ban unregistered service providers from treating patients, even before a complaint investigation is completed, if the Commissioner believes a health provider poses a serious danger to the public.  A breach of the new General Code of Conduct[1] (the Code) for providers […]

  • Mar 8, 2019
  • Author: Michael Bracken
  • INSIGHT: ASIC’s regulatory approach to enforcement post-Hayne

    What to do if you receive an ASIC Notice Following on from our from our preliminary analysis of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry  we predicted that one of the outcomes of the Recommendations of the Hayne Commission Final Report would be a likely increase in regulatory activity, […]

  • Feb 25, 2019
  • Author: Kellie Dell’Oro
  • INSIGHT: A reminder: Child Care providers in Victoria, now subject to the Victorian Reportable Conduct Scheme

    The new laws which applied from 1 January 2019, regulate the way in which employers in the child care industry identify, investigate and respond to all child safety allegations. The laws apply to all Victorian approved child care providers under the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 (Vic) and any children’s service under […]

  • Health,
  • Feb 18, 2019
  • Author: Kellie Dell’Oro
  • INSIGHT: Restrictions on the use and disclosure of confidential communications between a victim of sexual assault and treating health practitioners

    Legislation in Victoria now protects the medical and counselling records of victims of sexual assault from disclosure in Court hearings.[1] The legislation is directed at:- ‘remedying the mischief of sexual assault victims being deterred from reporting or giving full information to doctors or counsellors in the course of their treatment, because of uncertainty and fear […]

  • Corporate & Commercial,
  • Feb 14, 2019
  • Author: Michael Bracken
  • INSIGHT: Six axioms emerging from the Hayne report

    A preliminary analysis of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry. As foreshadowed in our previous Financial Services Insight, which deals with the Interim Report, the period of public hearings has been completed and Commissioner Hayne released the Commission’s Final Report on 4 February 2019. The Final Report includes […]

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