• Health,
  • Jan 16, 2019
  • Author: Daniel Davison Author: Sarah Twinn
  • INSIGHT: Shared Debt Recovery Scheme to hold both medical practitioners and employing and contracting organisations responsible for incorrect Medicare billing

    The Shared Debt Recovery Scheme will take effect on 1 July 2019. The recent enactment of the Health Legislation Amendment (Improved Medicare Compliance and Other Measures) Bill 2008, will mean that from 1 July 2019 the Commonwealth Government will be able to pursue both individual medical practitioners and employing and contracting medical organisations for repayment […]

  • Health,
  • Jan 15, 2019
  • Author: Chandrika Darroch
  • INSIGHT: My Health Record: Important Information for Healthcare Providers

    Introduction My Health Record is an online summary of an individual’s key health information. A My Health Record will be created for every Australian who wants one after 31 January 2019. An individual may cancel their My Health Record at any time. The My Health Record system is intended to allow for the online sharing […]

  • Health,
  • Dec 6, 2018
  • Author: Kellie Dell’Oro
  • INSIGHT: Statutory privilege does not prevent disclosure of records in VCAT proceedings

    The Victorian of Court Appeal has settled the uncertainty regarding the protections provided by statutory privilege over medical records in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). The Victorian Court of Appeal has reversed a previous decision and confirmed that patients’ medical records are not protected by statutory privilege in a disciplinary hearing of the […]

  • Corporate & Commercial,
  • Dec 6, 2018
  • Author: Michael Bracken
  • INSIGHT: A Game Changer for Mutuals – New Law Expands Capacity to Raise Capital

    Mutual Entities Bill 2018: Tranche 2 On 26 November 2018, the Commonwealth Government released for public consultation an exposure draft of the Treasury Laws Amendment (Mutual Entities) Bill 2018: Tranche 2 (the Bill) which introduces a new bespoke capital instrument in the Corporations Act 2001 for all eligible mutual entities. Under the Bill, a mutual […]

  • Health,
  • Nov 13, 2018
  • Author: Scott Ames
  • INSIGHT: What are pharmacists’ obligations when supplying pseudoephedrine?

    Pseudoephedrine (‘PSE’) is indicated for the relief of congestion associated with conditions such as rhinitis, sinusitis and the common cold.[1] However, in recent decades, it has been targeted for non-therapeutic purposes, such as for the manufacture of illicit drugs. Meridian Lawyers has recently assisted pharmacists to respond to notifications that were referred to the Australian […]

  • Health,
  • Nov 13, 2018
  • Author: Shannon Mony
  • INSIGHT: No professional misconduct finding for General Practitioner’s ‘grave error of judgment’

    An experienced and well-respected NSW General Practitioner with an otherwise unblemished record has faced disciplinary proceedings brought by the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) before the Civil and Administrative Tribunal of New South Wales (the Tribunal).[1] While the Tribunal found that Dr Quan’s conduct was improper and unethical, the Tribunal did not uphold a finding […]

  • Insurance,
  • Nov 8, 2018
  • INSIGHT: Melbourne Insurance Principals recognised in Doyle’s Guide 2018

    Meridian is delighted to announce that all of our Melbourne Insurance Principals have been recognised in the 2018 edition of Doyle’s Guide. This announcement follows the recognition of our Queensland, Western Australia and New South Wales teams earlier in the week. Meridian achieved a second tier ranking in the listings for Leading Victorian Defendant Medical Negligence and Malpractice […]

  • Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution,
  • Oct 25, 2018
  • Author: Douglas Raftesath
  • INSIGHT: Provident Capital – Court approval of settlement

    We are pleased to advise that the settlement of the class action prosecuted by Meridian Lawyers on behalf of approximately 900 group members in the failed Provident Capital debenture scheme has now been approved by the Supreme Court of NSW. The settlement will enable each of the group members to receive a significant payment towards […]

  • Health,Insurance,
  • Oct 10, 2018
  • Author: Nevena Brown
  • INSIGHT: Professional Opinions – how much weight do they carry?

    Hopes of helpful review of the current interpretation of the words “competent professional practice” as they appear in section 5O of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW) (the Act) were dashed, as special leave to appeal was denied by the High Court of Australia (HCA) from a NSW Court of Appeal (NSWCA) medical malpractice case.[1] […]

  • Corporate & Commercial,
  • Oct 9, 2018
  • Author: Michael Bracken
  • INSIGHT: Financial Services Royal Commission – The Interim Report – Emerging Regulatory Themes

    The Interim Report of the Financial Services Royal Commission was tabled in Parliament on 28 September 2018. There has been much speculation about the potential nature of the findings and recommendations arising from the public hearings. The evidence of misconduct in the banking, superannuation and financial services industry, in some sectors and in specific instances, […]

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