Insights Categories: Compliance

Mar 8, 2018

INSIGHT: Accepting gifts from patients – before you partake of that bottle of wine, stop and consider a few factors

Most GPs experience infrequent offers of gifts from their patients over the course of their career. Occasional gifts of wine, home-cooked cakes, chocolates and flowers are commonplace in most GP clinics. However, some patients have a tendency to give gifts more frequently, or of greater commercial value, than others. This starts to pose difficult questions […]

Mar 1, 2018

INSIGHT: Victoria to roll out real-time prescription monitoring system in 2018

In response to a growing number of deaths and harm resulting from the misuse of prescription medicines in Victoria, the government has announced that it will roll out a real-time prescription monitoring system this year. Fred IT Group has been appointed to design and develop the ‘SafeScript’ system, which is intended to provide up-to-date information […]

Feb 26, 2018

INSIGHT: Medical Board seeks community input on revised sexual boundaries guidelines

The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) is currently taking submissions regarding changes it proposes to make to the existing guidelines concerning sexual boundaries in the doctor-patient relationship[1] (Guidelines).  The proposed draft can be found on the Medical Board of Australia website, and will be available for community consultation until 29 March 2018. The review has […]

Jan 8, 2018

INSIGHT: National registration of paramedics 2018

The Paramedicine Board of Australia has released draft registrations standards for public consultation. Now is the time for paramedics and other key stakeholders, including the public, to have their say about the standards that will govern registration when it commences later this year. The Paramedicine Board is accepting feedback on the draft registration standards until […]

Dec 11, 2017

INSIGHT: Sweeping reforms in Victoria proposed to lift hospital safety

The Victorian government has introduced a suite of legislative amendments in the form of the Health Legislation Amendment (Quality Safety) Act 2017, to help improve healthcare quality and safety across the state in both the public and private sectors. The amendments were triggered by recommendations made by Dr Stephen Duckett in his report titled “Targeting […]

Dec 7, 2017

INSIGHT: Medical Board reforms for older medical practitioners and those the subject of multiple complaints

The Medical Board of Australia has announced the implementation of a new Professional Performance Framework that will apply to registered medical practitioners in Australia. The Board proposes to introduce performance processes for practitioners with a record of multiple substantiated complaints against their registration, as well as for practitioners over 70 years of age. Australia does […]

Aug 23, 2017

INSIGHT: A reminder for pharmacists: exercise caution when dispensing Schedule 3 Poisons

The case scenario: A complaint was made to the Pharmacy Board of Australia (‘Board’) that a pharmacist provided an excessive quantity of Restavit, a Schedule 3 poison, and for a duration for which there was no established therapeutic need. The pharmacist explained to the Board that he had supplied the drug as he believed it was […]

Mar 20, 2017

INSIGHT: Dental insights: Is your radiology equipment registered and your radiology licence up-to-date?

The use and licensing of radiology equipment in South Australia is controlled and managed by the South Australia Environment Protection Authority (EPA), which administers the Radiation Protection and Control Act 1982 and the Radiation Protection and Control (Ionising Radiation) Regulations 2015. The EPA’s Radiation Protection Branch deals with radiology equipment within healthcare, which includes regulating […]

Feb 23, 2017

INSIGHT: Real-time prescription monitoring: what does it mean for health practitioners?

Since at least 2012 there has been an increasing push in Australia for the implementation of a national real-time prescription monitoring system that alerts doctors and pharmacists to people who are misusing prescription drugs. More than 20 Coronial Inquests in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia alone have recommended a real-time prescription monitoring system […]

Mar 10, 2016

INSIGHT: Pharmacy location rules: Who are ‘persons aggrieved’ by new approvals?

Meridian Lawyers acts for pharmacists in applications for new approvals to supply pharmaceutical benefits (PBS) under section 90 of the National Health Act 1953 (Cth) (Act). We also advise and represent pharmacists in opposing applications for new approvals, whether by way of judicial review by the Court, or merits reviews by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. […]

Mar 10, 2016

INSIGHT: Online pharmacy retailer pays $32,400 for misleading product pricing

Late last year, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) issued three infringement notices to an online pharmacy retailer totalling $32,400 for representing to consumers that there were savings on recommended retail prices. Facts The retailer represented that, by purchasing a range of white label products online through the retailer’s website, consumers would save a […]

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