Insights

  • Health,
  • Jan 6, 2020
  • Author: Scott Ames
  • INSIGHT: Social Media: What’s OK – What’s Not

    Today’s health practitioner graduates do not know a world without social media – it’s part of their DNA and it is here to stay. Social media platforms span our personal and professional lives and can play an important role in public health education and the marketing of health services. While regulated health service providers and […]

  • Health,
  • Dec 19, 2019
  • Author: Scott Ames
  • INSIGHT: Owing prescriptions – are you courting danger?

    Most pharmacists will have been asked to dispense prescription-only medicines to patients who do not have a valid prescription. Although Pharmacy Dispensing Software (PDS) allows for the processing and supply of medicines without a valid prescription, thereby creating an ‘owing’, there is no legislation that provides for this. Pharmacists assisting their patients should familiarise themselves […]

  • Insurance,
  • Dec 17, 2019
  • Author: David Randazzo Author: Robert Minc
  • INSIGHT: Claims Against International Airlines

    When has an ‘Accident’ occurred? Does a failure to provide water during a flight constitute an ‘accident’? Key takeaways An ‘accident’ is an unusual event or happening, that is external to the passenger. An ‘accident’ is not where the injury results from:- the passenger’s own internal reaction to the usual, normal and expected operation of […]

  • Health,
  • Dec 11, 2019
  • Author: Julia Smith
  • INSIGHT: Payroll tax clampdown on healthcare clinic operators

    In recent times, there has been a strong focus by revenue authorities on tax compliance by health service providers including operators of medical, dental, optometry and other allied health clinics. Payroll tax compliance in particular has been in the spotlight. In the recent decision of Commissioner of State Revenue V The Optical Superstore Pty Ltd […]

  • Health,
  • Dec 11, 2019
  • Author: Mark Fitzgerald Author: Hayley Bowman
  • INSIGHT: Electronic Prescriptions

    Amendments to the National Health (Pharmaceutical Benefits) Regulations 2017, published on 30 October 2019 provide for electronic prescriptions to be recognised as valid prescriptions. Electronic prescribing provides an option for prescribers and their patients to have an electronic prescription as an alternative to a paper-based prescription. The legislation includes additional form requirements for electronic PBS […]

  • 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 […]

  • Health,
  • Nov 13, 2019
  • Author: Kellie Dell’Oro
  • INSIGHT: A reminder about the potential strength of ‘usual practice’ evidence

    Phelan v Melbourne Health [2019] VSCA 205 Defending or even assessing the merits of an action in medical negligence can often be challenging when the medical practitioners involved cannot recall the particular patient concerned. Through no one’s fault, memory can be impeded by the lapse of time and high patient volume loads. As such, it […]

  • Insurance,
  • Nov 11, 2019
  • Author: Private: Peter Axelrod
  • INSIGHT: Insurance, drones and you.

    Article 1 of 3 – An Introduction In a series of upcoming articles, we will be providing: An overview of drone regulations and rules Licensing requirements for drone use A summary of the potential liabilities and penalties Information on what happens if injury is caused by an individual, state employee or commercial operator- does it […]

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