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Part two: Exploring best practice note-taking and record-keeping in health care
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Part two: Exploring best practice note-taking and record-keeping in health care

In part one of exploring best practice in note-taking and record-keeping, we explored the importance of record-keeping, current laws and codes relevant to note-taking, using and disclosing records, how notes should be taken and whether they can be altered and the length of time records should be kept. In part two we look at: Electronic versus paper records - pros and cons;, Electronic ...

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HR & Employment Law Update: Edition 22 - September 2019

In this edition we cover: the review of the Small Business Fair Dismissal Code;, the proposed reform of Federal Discrimination Legislation; and, a High Court decision in relation to public servants and their political views., Please click on the image below to download our latest update. 

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Part one: Exploring best practice note-taking and record-keeping in health care
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Part one: Exploring best practice note-taking and record-keeping in health care

In part one of exploring best practice in note-taking and record-keeping we look at: Why records should be kept, Current laws and codes relevant to note-taking, Using and disclosing records, How notes should be taken, Whether records can be altered, Length of time records should be kept, Why keep records?. Adequate records serve as a reminder of important information, ...

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Residents' rights in aged care

On 4 July 2019, Berrington Care Group Pty Ltd and Berrington Group Pty Ltd went into voluntary administration. Berrington is a well-known provider of residential aged care to the premium end of the Perth market, and its voluntary administration has attracted considerable public interest.  Please click on the image below to download a full copy of David's article published in the September 2019 edition of Medical Forum....

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Suspension not necessary for Ophthalmic Surgeon found guilty of professional misconduct

The complaint in respect of each patient was separated into two issues: the medical treatment provided to the patient; and, the failure to maintain adequate medical records for that patient., The matters that were the subject of each complaint which related to the doctor’s professional competence raised matters of some complexity relevant to the specialist medical discipline of ophthalmology....

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Immediate action prohibiting Doctor from performing circumcisions overturned
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Immediate action prohibiting Doctor from performing circumcisions overturned

The complaint concerned a circumcision undertaken by Dr Al-Naser on 6 September 2018 on a five month old male patient (the Circumcision), and the follow up care on 6 and 7 September 2018. The Patient experienced some bleeding and was subsequently admitted to Hospital where it was necessary for him to undergo surgery with blood transfusion.  The notification also raised issues regarding the documentation of the consultation and procedure, and informed consent....

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Movement of provisionally allocated aged care places: The law catches up
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Movement of provisionally allocated aged care places: The law catches up

The Aged Care Amendment (Movement of Provisionally Allocated Places) Bill 2019 (Bill) was introduced into the House of Representatives on 24 July 2019. The Bill proposes to amend the Aged Care Act 1997 (Act) to enable the Secretary of the Department of Health (or their delegates) to allow approved providers of residential aged care to move provisionally allocated residential aged care places from one region to another, within a state or territory....

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A guide to new whistleblower laws
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A guide to new whistleblower laws

The Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Bill 2017 came into effect on 1 July 2019. The amendments outline changes to the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) and the Taxation Administration Act 1953 (Cth) and will affect a wide range of businesses.  Affected businesses including public companies, large proprietary companies and registered superannuation entities have until 1 January 2020 to introduce a compliant whistleblower policy....

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Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2019: How will it work?

On 13 August 2019 the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2019 (WA) was read for the second time in Parliament. So how will it work?The Bill proposes that to be eligible to access voluntary assisted dying, a person must: have reached 18 years of age and have decision making capacity;, be acting voluntarily and without coercion;, be an Australian Citizen or permanent resident and have been an ...

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Appeal Dismissed - Medical Practitioner facing criminal charges permitted to practice pending outcome
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Appeal Dismissed - Medical Practitioner facing criminal charges permitted to practice pending outcome

The Supreme Court of Victoria has dismissed an appeal by the Medical Board of Australia (Board) against the decision of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) to overturn its decision to suspend a medical practitioner’s registration by way of immediate action. The Board had suspended the practitioner’s registration under s156(1)(e) of the Health Practitioner Regulation ...

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HR + Employment Law: Latest Alert - Edition 21 July 2019
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HR + Employment Law: Latest Alert - Edition 21 July 2019

Latest Decisions Step Aside: FWC Member refuses to reallocate matter after Full Bench’s recommendation Further to our June Alert (click here), the Full Bench in Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union v Watpac Construction Pty Ltd t/a Watpac Construction [2019] FWCFB 3855, encouraged Commissioner Hunt to step aside from arbitrating a matter which she was previously in ...

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Patient awarded $450,000 following failure to administer troponin blood tests
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Patient awarded $450,000 following failure to administer troponin blood tests

The Plaintiff experienced a sudden onset of excruciating pain to her chest radiating to her left arm and was taken to the Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department for assessment. While the Hospital’s assessment of the Plaintiff involved a number of aspects, it did not include the administration of a series of blood tests designed to measure the level of a particular protein complex called ‘troponin’ in the blood....

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