Dental

Our experience working with many Professional Associations across the health industry and detailed exposure to the issues affecting the dental profession gives you confidence in our ability to deal with all your legal and reputational issues.

Supporting dental practitioners

Meridian Lawyers has a significant dentistry client base – we are the principal legal advisers to the Australian Dental Association (ADA) and branch members. Our familiarity with the risks dental practitioners face helps us to provide high quality risk management advice and legal support when you most need it.

Dental practitioners, including dentists, dental prosthetists, dental hygienists and oral health therapists, benefit from dealing with a legal team that cares and understands the distressing impact that claims of misconduct or negligence can have on you and your staff. We support you throughout the legal process with strategies to minimise the risk to your reputation and to help you get on with your work.

We act for all dental practitioners in responding to complaints lodged with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and assist in responding to litigation and demands for compensation.

Legal advice and services

You can rely on our dedicated health law team for advice on:

  • professional negligence claims;
  • public liability claims;
  • disciplinary matters;
  • discrimination complaints;
  • privacy complaints;
  • coronial inquests;
  • private health fund and Medicare investigations;
  • acquisition and sale of businesses, including due diligence;
  • negotiating premises leases and lease disputes;
  • business restructures and advice on business and asset protection;
  • franchises and similar arrangements;
  • protecting your goodwill, including advising on the protection of intellectual property rights and the enforceability of trade restraints;
  • debt refinancing;
  • establishing or exiting a partnership, including resolving partnership disputes;
  • business succession planning and advice;
  • workplace disputes and issues; and
  • regulatory issues relevant to all dental practitioners, including registration.

Health Insights

  • 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…

  • A reminder to ensure the dental justification for treatment plan is clearly recorded

    In this case, the Dental Board of Australia conducted an investigation after a patient notified the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), alleging over-diagnosis by a dental practitioner. The key facts: A patient presented in 2015 for extraction of a heavily filled tooth which was now fractured and un-restorable. The tooth…

  • Advertising: A timely reminder

    Advertising compliance has been on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency’s radar recently, with Meridian Lawyers assisting a number of health practitioners, including dental practitioners, in relation to notices of concern. Advertising restrictions – the legislation Section 133 of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each…

  • Storage and prescribing of medication in the dental surgery

    A dental scenario: A dental assistant, at the dentist’s direction, supplied an anxious patient with Serepax (oxazepam) prior to surgical extraction of a tooth. An entry was made in the electronic records that Serapax had been given including details of date and time the medication was provided. However, the dental…

  • Fast-tracked orthodontic treatments give rise to informed consent and scope of practice issues

    A dental scenario: A patient raised concerns about his smile during a routine consultation with his general dentist. He wanted to improve the alignment of his front teeth and to have his upper central incisors moved inwards. He had seen advertising regarding some proprietary fast-tracked orthodontic treatments and enquired about…

  • The dentist as an independent expert witness

    When a patient sues a dentist alleging negligence it is the role of the court to weigh up the evidence and then make a determination – unless the parties resolve the dispute otherwise. This involves making findings of fact (e.g. the dentist did not perform an x-ray before proceeding with…

  • Joint statement on dental audits: ADA, Guild Insurance and Meridian Lawyers

    Finally, some good news on the Medicare dental audits. In recent developments, several ADA branch members received letters from the Department of Human Services (DHS) announcing full waivers of alleged debts arising from claims under the Medicare Chronic Disease Dental Scheme (CDDS) before 1 April 2010. This follows the announcement…

  • Pitfalls of group buying advertising for health practitioners

    Health practitioners across a variety of registered health professions, such as dental practitioners, have been approached to participate in online marketing campaigns by group buying websites. Group buying is an ‘impulse buying’ phenomenon where products or services are offered for a strictly limited time at reduced prices. The deal is…

  • AHPRA audits: tips for registered health professionals

    As a registered health professional applying for or renewing your registration, in accordance with your Board’s registration standards, you are required to declare that you have (or have not): met the recency of practice requirements; completed the required amount of continuing professional development (CPD); held appropriate professional indemnity insurance; and…

What our clients say

  • “Thank you to all the Meridian team for your support... I’ve never experienced such superior service from any partner/supplier in my professional career.”

    Marissa Limberis, Marketing Manager, Blooms

  • “The level of reserving strength is unusual in the industry. I have only ever seen it once before in the professional risks section of a large insurer.”

    Clive Amery, founding director,
    AM Actuaries

  • “Meridian has a fantastic team of professionals. You did the impossible with a calm and thorough approach throughout. Thank you.”

    Cameron McCullagh, former Chief Operating Officer, Steadfast

  • “Meridian Lawyers always provides an outstanding level of service and quality of advice to both the Australian Veterinary Association and our members.”

    Graham Catt, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Veterinary Association

  • “You have been nothing but brilliant, supportive and positive in your professionalism… I have no words to describe how fantastic you have been. Thank you is not sufficient.”

    Claudine Sachwald, Physiotherapist

  • “Meridian are more than just lawyers to us – they are there when our customers need them the most, providing advice and reassurance. They are a vital piece of the puzzle in the analysis of our claims trends, they are well respected in our markets as experts in the field and most importantly they deliver results. It is a unique partnership that I have not seen replicated in the industry.”

    Allison Prince, Head of Claims, Guild Insurance

  • “Guild Insurance has a unique working relationship with Meridian Lawyers. We have always found their service to be cost conscious and they focus upon commercial resolutions taking into account overall cost considerations. They provide a wonderful service to our team.”

    Chris Harcourt, National Liability Claims, Guild Insurance

  • “The Meridian experience combines a depth of experience across a wide group of industries and Associations with integrity, robust advice, support and a tenacious defence of their clients’ legal entitlements.”

    Bill O’Reilly, client

  • “Thinking about the person from Meridian Lawyers who managed your claim, on a scale of 0-10 how satisfied were you: 10 out of 10 for Helpfulness, Knowledge, Courtesy, Professionalism, Clear Communication, Frequency of Communication.”

    Source: GIL customer survey January 2014

  • “Whilst I would never have chosen to be in the position I have found myself to be in, I consider myself fortunate to have come to know and deal with Kellie Dell’Oro. Her absolute professionalism, integrity, palpable expertise and compassion are sincerely appreciated. She has been able to alleviate much of the stress associated with an inherently stressful process and for that I am truly grateful.”

    Physiotherapist, Victoria

  • “I would not hesitate to recommend Meridian Lawyers. Their service has been both professional and personalised – I could not have hoped for better legal support than I have received. Should I need legal advice again, Meridian Lawyers would most definitely be my first choice.”

    Physiotherapist, Victoria

Contact

  • Sydney

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    Sydney NSW 2000
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    +61 2 9018 9999
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    +61 2 9018 9900
  • Melbourne

    Level 12, 357 Collins Street
    Melbourne VIC 3000
    T:
    +61 3 9810 6777
    F:
    +61 3 9810 6770
  • Newcastle

    Level 6, 45 Watt Street
    Newcastle NSW 2300
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    +61 2 4047 2600
    F:
    +61 2 4047 2699
  • Brisbane

    Level 8, 60 Edward Street
    Brisbane QLD 4000
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    +61 7 3220 9333
    F:
    +61 7 3220 9399
  • Perth

    Level 3, 225 St Georges Terrace
    Perth WA 6000
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    +61 8 6319 0470
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    +61 8 6319 0499