Insights

  • Health,
  • Sep 7, 2020
  • Author: Nevena Brown
  • INSIGHT: Three years on from the chaperone review, AHPRA celebrates changes to the regulatory landscape of sexual boundaries notifications

    In 2017 Professor Ron Paterson delivered the Independent review of the use of chaperones to protect patients in Australia report (the Chaperone Report), which made 28 recommendations to AHPRA and the Medical Board of Australia (the MBA) for improving the handling of sexual boundary notifications in Australia. Among other things, the Chaperone Report recommended that […]

  • Health,
  • Aug 28, 2020
  • Author: Kellie Dell’Oro
  • INSIGHT: Accidentally sending an email to the wrong email address can cost you

    Key lessons from ‘SD’ and ‘SE’ and Northside Clinic (Vic) Pty Ltd [2020] AlCmr 21 We recently published an article about the importance of protecting your patients’ private information, and what to do if there is an inadvertent disclosure of sensitive patient data. If you missed it, that article can be read here. In June […]

  • Corporate & Commercial,
  • Aug 20, 2020
  • Author: Georgina Odell
  • INSIGHT: Safe Sleep and Rest Policies

    Education and care providers will be aware that they are under a duty to adequately supervise children both when they are awake, and when they are asleep. Providers are also under duty to take every reasonable precaution to protect children from harm and hazard, and to ensure that their policies are being followed. The content […]

  • Health,
  • Aug 17, 2020
  • Author: Daniel Davison Author: Sarah Twinn
  • INSIGHT: Professional Services Review (PSR) launches telehealth review

    Professional Services Review (PSR) is a Commonwealth Agency whose objective is to protect the integrity of the Commonwealth Medicare benefits, dental benefits and pharmaceutical benefits programs and, in doing so, protect patients and the community from the risks associated with ‘inappropriate practice’, and protect the Commonwealth from having to meet the cost of medical and […]

  • Health,
  • Jul 31, 2020
  • Author: Nevena Brown
  • INSIGHT: Listen to the experts: Chatoor v Health Care Complaints Commission of NSW [2020] NSWCA 111

    The NSW Court of Appeal (“NSWCA”) recently overturned a decision of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (“the Tribunal”) in relation to two complaints concerning Dr Roger Chatoor (a cardiologist). Dr Chatoor appealed the Tribunal’s findings of unsatisfactory professional conduct on the primary basis that it had failed to correctly apply the relevant statutory test […]

  • Health,
  • Jul 20, 2020
  • Author: Kellie Dell’Oro
  • INSIGHT: What do I do if there is an accidental breach of my patient’s privacy? Advice for health practitioners and organisations

    It is trite advice to Australian health practitioners to say that they must exercise caution when dealing with their patients’ sensitive health information. However, even the most cautious practitioner or organisation can fall victim to an inadvertent breach of patient privacy.  Accidents happen, and Meridian Lawyers frequently receives requests for assistance from practitioners or organisations […]

  • Insurance,
  • Jun 30, 2020
  • Author: Robert Minc Author: David Randazzo
  • INSIGHT: Swearing of affidavits across Australia – what’s required during the COVID-19 pandemic?

    Key takeaways In some States and Federally, witnessing and attesting affidavits can be done remotely. If a sworn affidavit is not possible, an unsworn affidavit may be accepted by the Court. If an unsworn affidavit is relied upon, a sworn or affirmed affidavit must be filed with the Court when circumstances allow. Legislation and Regulations […]

  • Insurance,
  • Jun 22, 2020
  • Author: David Randazzo Author: Robert Minc
  • INSIGHT: How will Liability Insurance respond to COVID-19?

    Key takeaways Insurer and reinsurer responses to COVID-19 are continuing to evolve. Critical to liability claims is likely to be the timing and content of government directives and an insured’s response to them. An Insured will need to defend their actions in preventing the spread of the disease. The number and types of claims to […]

  • Health,
  • Jun 18, 2020
  • Author: Kellie Dell’Oro
  • INSIGHT: Taking action against health practitioners in the “public interest” – two years on, how is the new immediate action power being applied in practice?

    One of the most stressful circumstances a registered health practitioner can encounter, is when they receive a notice from their National Board stating that it intends to take immediate action against them under section 156 of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (National Law). The proposed immediate action can be very serious, ranging from a […]

  • Health,
  • Jun 5, 2020
  • Author: Nevena Brown
  • INSIGHT: Private Health Insurer audits – a reminder to exercise caution and to ask for help

    The world of private health insurance is becoming increasingly competitive. As the marketplace burgeons with new providers, so too does the number of private health insurance audit requests issued to the health practitioners who service their members. Meridian Lawyers regularly assists practitioners to respond to requests for information from private health insurers (PHIs), which has […]

  • Insurance,
  • May 29, 2020
  • Author: Paul Baker Author: Robert Minc Author: David Randazzo
  • INSIGHT: Emerging Insurance Issues from COVID-19

    Key takeaways A brief insight into COVID-19 insurance implications Business interruption and liability coverage This article is the first in a series of updates on the insurance issues and implications emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) has declared COVID-19 an official insurance catastrophe. What is clear is that the consequences […]

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