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Continued Suspension not in public interest
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Continued Suspension not in public interest

In April 2019 Julia Wilcock reported on the Tribunal's decision to stay the suspension of the anaesthetist pending his appeal in the matter. Click here to read Julia's post and the background to the case. Last week, the Tribunal delivered its decision on the practitioner's appeal. Click here to read the decision in Hill v Medical Council of New South Wales [2019] NSWCATOD 97. On Appeal, the Medical ...

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Patient unsuccessful in negligence claim against GP for alleged failure to refer for specialist medical treatment earlier
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Patient unsuccessful in negligence claim against GP for alleged failure to refer for specialist medical treatment earlier

Background Mr Elysee (‘the patient’) was a patient at Bankstown Medical Centre over a period of about 10 years. He had a complex combination of conditions and saw many doctors over that time. During the time when he was attending Bankstown Medical Centre he was diagnosed with diabetes and had a number of other health complaints including high blood pressure and poor renal function. In ...

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So you've received a negative online review...
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So you've received a negative online review...

Google reviews and websites such as RateMD and Whitecoat make it very easy for patients or any person to damage your or your business’ reputation and credibility online. There are a few steps a doctor can take if you receive a damaging online review. For example: You can ask the patient commenting to remove the online comment., You can ask the website administrator to remove the online comment....

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Medical Board “Bonk Ban”: what you need to know

It has always been essential for doctors to maintain professional boundaries and not establish or pursue any sexual, exploitative or other inappropriate relationship with someone under their care. Such relationships are always unethical and usually harmful to patients and the wider community because of issues surrounding power imbalance, trust, safety and quality of health care. However, the new ...

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No obligation on Tribunal to make all or any combination of protective orders available

Following the making of findings of professional misconduct against a registered nurse who had commenced a sexual relationship with a patient under his care in a psychiatric facility, the nurse consented to a package of orders which included (1) cancellation, (2) disqualification and (3) prohibition. Despite the nurse's consent and the absence of any argument about protective orders, the Tribunal made only one of the protective orders, being (1) cancellation....

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Hospital, obstetrician sued for negligence after stillbirth of baby

Background On 13 January 2011, KS was admitted to Calvary Private Hospital. She was a patient of Dr Foote, an obstetrician and gynaecologist, and was pregnant with her first child. By 13 January 2011 the baby was one week overdue and it had been agreed that KS would be induced. After arriving at hospital at about 4:30 pm, she was attached to a foetal heart rate monitor. By 4.58 pm abnormalities ...

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GP Obstetrician's conduct not widely accepted practice

Background At 8:25am on 24 August 2009, Cooper’s mother was induced and progressed normally until she reached full dilatation at 8:40pm. There had been no recorded foetal head movements from 4:30pm, and there was clinical evidence of disproportion between the foetal head and maternal pelvis. At 8:45pm she had entered the second stage of labour. She was pushing with each contraction and there was no sign of foetal distress....

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Liability of hospital for actions of a misbehaving patient

A B v Australian Capital Territory [2018] ACTSC 18 is a decision of the Supreme Court of the ACT which considers the liability of a hospital following the abuse and assault of the plaintiff by another patient who was affected by, at least, alcohol and admitted to the same ward. The plaintiff had suffered a PTSD as a result. The plaintiff alleged that the abuse and assault only took place because ...

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Assault or battery case against medical staff dismissed

The applicant was employed as a security officer at Gladstone Hospital. In the evening on 2 August 2012, he was observed to be acting unusually while at work and was directed by a co-worker to attend the Emergency Department. There he was seen by a nurse and a locum doctor who believed him to be either under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs, or suffering from a medical condition that would require urgent attention....

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New Codes of Conduct for Nurses and Midwives

The Codes are founded on evidence-based practice and specify the legal requirements, professional behaviour and conduct expectations for all nurses and midwives across Australia, in all practice settings. The Codes will replace the existing Code of Professional Conduct for Nurses, Code of Professional Conduct for Midwives, and the professional boundaries documents. The Board’s intention is ...

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Registered Nurse’s Conduct in a Drug Dispensing Arrangement Results in Professional Misconduct

An experienced mental health nurse and psychotherapist was involved in the care of a patient over a 13-year period, where the Patient had a complex history of mental health issues and drug dependency. The practitioner provided regular one-on-one care under the NSW Mental Health Nurse Incentive Plan, in partnership with the Patient’s GP. In August 2011, the Patient died of a drug overdose as a direct result of multiple drug toxicity, including illicit drugs....

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Overstepping Professional Boundaries leads to Professional Misconduct

The experienced GP was found guilty of professional misconduct for continuing to treat an elderly patient after he became aware that he was named as the dominant beneficiary in her will. The GP had commenced treating the patient in 1996. Over the course of time they formed a genuine friendship, socialising together and exchanging gifts. In or about 2002 or 2003 the GP became aware that he was named as a beneficiary in the patient’s will....

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