As lawyers we often hesitate in drawing definite conclusions on allegations of bullying, so the last thing we want is for a general article like this to embolden the bully or intimidate the victim. This is because the facts of each case are so critical. For a long time there was no national legislation prohibiting […]
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INSIGHT: Health professionals: Are you complying with your obligations?
The Department of Human Services has released its Compliance Program for the next two financial years (2013–2015), setting out its proposed strategies for assisting recipients, health professionals and businesses to comply with their obligations when receiving services or payments. This information is important for many health professionals, who deal with the Department on a regular […]
INSIGHT: Government rolls out Living Longer, Living Better aged care package
The federal government’s Living Longer, Living Better package commenced this year on 1 July 2013. The ten year reform program is targeted at improving control and flexibility of access to aged care services for older Australians. The Government has so far dedicated $3.7 billion over five years towards the program. Some highlights of the Living […]
INSIGHT: How healthy is your relationship with your business partners?
The relationship between most business partners does not last forever and it is rare to expect it to. Each year we deal with many disputes between business partners, whether they are co-owners of a business set up under a corporate structure or a traditional partnership. Just because partners decide to part ways, it does not […]
INSIGHT: Strategic shareholding agreement with Steadfast Group
August 2013: Steadfast Group Limited has acquired a shareholding interest in Meridian Lawyers in what represents an exciting development for the Australian law firm. The alliance embodies a cutting-edge business approach for a legal firm in Australia – something not seen previously in legal circles – and marks the transformation of Meridian Lawyers’ legal service […]
INSIGHT: Legal issues: What should a physiotherapist do when…
This hypothetical scenario considers the legal issues for a physiotherapist who relocates a sportsperson’s finger joint, in the absence of formal training. Athletes, both amateurs and professionals, commonly receive proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joint injuries. Your netball captain dislocates the fourth PIP joint of her hand during a defensive training drill two nights before your semi-final. […]
INSIGHT: Biosecurity guidelines: Do they pose an increased legal risk to veterinarians?
Practitioners will be aware of biosecurity guidelines published by the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA). In response to this, some AVA members raised concerns about the legal consequences and whether this created additional legal risk. It is fair to say that the thinking of defence lawyers and insurers has changed dramatically over the past 10 to […]
INSIGHT: e-health: A new frontier for health practitioners
From 1 July 2012, all Australians can register for their own personally controlled electronic health (eHealth) record. Initially, an eHealth record contains basic information but as the system develops, healthcare providers (including allied health providers) will be able to add more information such as treatments, medications and allergies. Although this is an ‘opt-in’ system, health […]
INSIGHT: Infectious diseases & child care: what about staff members?
Risk Management Update: In a service industry so focused on the care and wellbeing of children, it is easy for operators of child care centres to forget about the duty of care owed to staff. This update is intended to remind child care centre operators of the duty of care owed to their workers. While […]