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Veterinary practice in WA: Proposed amendments to the current regulatory framework

The Veterinary Practice Bill 2021 (WA) (Bill) had its third reading in the legislative council on 2 September 2021. The Bill will repeal the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1960 (Current Act) and the Veterinary Surgeons Regulations 1979 (Current Regulations). The Bill introduces new regulations that align with the proposed regulatory framework. However, the regulations are not […]

Dangers of adopting branding including a geographic reference

Does the name you have adopted for your business describe the nature of your business and also make reference to the geographic region in which your business operates? Naming your business after its geographical location can provide a trading advantage in attracting customers. The location of the business and the core function of the business […]

Do you send personal information offshore?

A recent decision of the Australian Information and Privacy Commissioner highlights the responsibilities of global corporations with Australian users under Australian privacy law, particularly where the handling of personal information of Australians is outsourced to a company based overseas, whether that be a company within the same corporate group, or an unrelated third party. It […]

Selling your medical practice

Aim for a pain free goodbye Meridian Lawyers acts for doctors in the sale and purchase of their medical practices. Here is a brief overview of the legal process, together with tips on how to make the process as pain free as possible.   Step 1 – Gather information about your practice  The doctor selling […]

Pharmacists: are you ready for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout?

A refresher on the key responsibilities for pharmacists who conduct vaccinations The Australian Federal Government has announced that pharmacists will play a key role in the COVID-19 vaccination rollout strategy. Phases 2 and 3 of the vaccine rollout involve administering the vaccine in multiple locations, including community pharmacies.  Phase 2 of the vaccine rollout commenced […]

ACCC alleges SmileDirectClub misled consumers regarding health insurance reimbursements for clear teeth aligners

On 12 July 2021, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) instituted proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia against SmileDirectClub Aus Pty Ltd and its US parent company, SmileDirectClub LLC (SmileDirectClub), alleging they had breached the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). The ACCC claims that between May 2019 and October 2020, SmileDirectClub breached section 18 […]

Modern slavery: New guide released for the financial services sector

Combatting modern slavery is a mainstream corporate responsibility, with certain financial services entities like banks, insurers, and superannuation funds being required to report on their efforts under the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) (Act). To assist such entities, the Australian Human Rights Commission and KPMG Australia have released a good practice guide on how best […]

High court affirms parents can consent to puberty blockers on behalf of their children

UK: Winding back Bell v Tavistock[i]; High Court affirms that parents can consent to puberty blockers on behalf of their children, which are not (of themselves) part of any “special category” of treatment requiring Court approval. Abstract In AB v CD & Ors[2], the UK High Court effectively reversed the practical effects of Bell (which […]

Real time prescription monitoring: assisting practitioners to make better informed prescribing decisions

Real Time Prescription Monitoring (RTPM) is a national digital health system which was established by the Commonwealth Government. Each state and territory will implement their own local version of the RTPM system by their respective state and territory health instrumentalities. There will be core features and functionality to enable national consistency. The need for such […]

The collective bargaining class exemption for small businesses is now in effect

We published an article outlining the collective bargaining class exemption for small to medium businesses approved by the ACCC earlier this year. This exemption came into effect on 3 June 2021 and allows eligible small and medium businesses to engage in collective bargaining with their suppliers without being in breach of the Competition and Consumer […]

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