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Post Archive - June 2017

Post Archive - June 2017

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Neurosurgeon suspended following colleague’s fatal drug overdose

In July 2012 the neurosurgeon became close friends with a neurosurgical registrar (Dr A). Between October 2012 and February 2013 the pair consumed the drug GHB whilst socialising outside work and on weekends. The pair developed a dependency on GHB and discussed trying to wean themselves off using the pharmaceutical drug Pregabalin. On 21 April 2013, Dr A was found deceased from a heroin overdose. The ...

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Doctor suspended for forging signatures to patient consent forms

Over a period of 12 months, the practitioner caused 37 patient consent forms to be signed by a person other than that patient in respect of surgical operations, procedures or medical treatment. He then knowingly provided to the Alfred Health and/or to the Royal Women’s Hospital those forged consent forms, knowing that they would form part of the patients’ medical record of that hospital....

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Doctor suspended over alternative therapy advice

The patient had been diagnosed with a hepatoblastoma (a malignant tumour of her liver) in early August 2009. Doctors at Princess Margaret Hospital recommended chemotherapy. The patient's parents wished her to be treated with natural therapies and were opposed to chemotherapy. On 1 September 2009, the patient and her mother left for South America. The patient died on 12 November 2009. Subsequently, the Coroner made a referral to the Medical Board of Australia....

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Elder Abuse under Review

The Report, released on 14 June 2017, follows an inquiry held to identify and model best-practice legal frameworks to promote and support older people and protect against misuse or advantage taken of formal or informal supporter roles. Elder abuse is defined as a ‘single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person’....

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Hospital’s breach was not causative of psychiatric patient’s attempted suicide

Daniel Smith, 25, reported depression, crying and insomnia to his GP on 15 April 2008. This was secondary to his break up with his ex-fiancée, pain from a motor vehicle accident in 2006, associated court proceedings, and his excessive consumption of alcohol. On 30 October 2008, Mr Smith consulted his GP reporting insomnia and anger following another break up with his ex-fiancée. He was ...

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HR Toolbox: Edition 3 - 2017

1.  Latest Decisions   Breach of Social Media Policy May be Cause for Dismissal The FWC confirms that social media activity may be grounds for termination, if the employer has conducted a full investigation to understand the context of any perceived inappropriate comments. In a recent case, the employee made “ridiculous” posts on Facebook including one announcing that “We all support ISIS” which led to his dismissal....

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Defaming a doctor online proves costly

In March 2010, Mr Mazzella underwent a hip arthroscopy, performed by orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Al Muderis. Subsequently, the patient claimed that the surgeon performed the operation negligently, causing numbness in his genitals and decreased sexual function. Dr Al Muderis sent the patient for various neurology and urology tests, which found no evidence of nerve damage. Mr Mazzella commenced legal ...

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