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Australian Government commits $130 billion to support jobs and livelihoods of Australians

The Australian Government has today committed $130 billion to support jobs and livelihoods of Australians who will need that lifeline in the months ahead. Under the Jobkeeper Payment, businesses impacted by the Coronavirus will be able to access a subsidy from the Government to continue paying their employees. The payment is worth $1,500 gross per fortnight for eligible employees for a maximum period of six months....

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Telehealth and managing medico-legal risks
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Telehealth and managing medico-legal risks

The new telehealth arrangements are a vital measure so that patients can access care without increasing their risk of exposure to, or spreading, the coronavirus. However, while telehealth may seem more informal compared to a physical consultation, it is important that medical practitioners stay mindful of the medico-legal risks and challenges associated with using telehealth, including: Limitations ...

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Improved Home Care Payment Administration (No. 1) Bill
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Improved Home Care Payment Administration (No. 1) Bill

The Aged Care Legislation Amendment (Improved Home Care Payment Administration No.1) Bill 2020 (“Bill”) was introduced to Parliament on 27 February 2020. The Bill will change the way in which home care subsidies are paid to approved providers. Subsidies will go from being paid in advance (as is currently the case) to being paid in arrears. According to the Explanatory Memorandum ...

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An employer’s timely response to COVID-19

Given the current unprecedented challenges in light of the COVID–19 pandemic, employers are having to consider a range of options in order to (i) to minimise the immediate financial impact on their business operations in the immediate term; and (ii) ensure the overall structure of their business is “fit for purpose” post-pandemic. Key issues. Some of the more challenging business ...

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Complete Nursing and Home Care Pty Ltd v National Disability Insurance Agency [2020] AATA 360

‘Kindness is meritorious’ … but does not create reviewable decisions: Complete Nursing and Home Care Pty Ltd v National Disability Insurance Agency [2020] AATA 360 David McMullen In a recent decision, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (“AAT” or “Tribunal”) has held that it lacked jurisdiction to review a decision by the National Disability Insurance ...

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Aged care in 2020
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Aged care in 2020

In his latest article, David McMullen shares some of the evolving issues to watch in 2020.  Click on the image below to read David's article which was published in the March 2020 edition of Medical Forum Magazine.

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Family and Domestic Violence Leave
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Family and Domestic Violence Leave

In Jenny Edinger's and Morgan Barnsby's article, Family and Domestic Violence Leave, they share their insights on: The Australian Government's amendments of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act)., The definition of family and domestic violence under the FW Act., Leave entitlements and employer confidentiality requirements., Please click on the image below to download the article which ...

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Practitioner’s unsatisfactory professional conduct in medico-legal assessment
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Practitioner’s unsatisfactory professional conduct in medico-legal assessment

It was alleged that while the practitioner and the patient were in the consultation, the practitioner failed to observe appropriate professional boundaries in that he made inappropriate personal disclosures to the patient about himself and his family. These included details that he had cancer; he did not want to die; he had recently undergone major abdominal surgery; he had a large scar from his recent ...

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Psychiatrist struck off for posting “bizarre” rants on website
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Psychiatrist struck off for posting “bizarre” rants on website

It was alleged that between January 2018 to March 2019, the psychiatrist authored a blog on his practice website which discussed bizarre beliefs about global conspiracy theories and other disturbing matters which had the potential to expose his patients to real risk of harm when accessing the practice website for information or to make an appointment.  It was also alleged that the psychiatrist ...

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Key changes to annualised salary arrangements
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Key changes to annualised salary arrangements

Key issues. The modern awards that have been impacted by this change include: Clerks - Private Sector Award 2010;, Legal services Award 2010; and, Manufacturing and Associated Industry and Occupations Award 2010., Some of the changes to any annualised salary arrangement include: An obligation to notify, in writing, the employee subject to an annualised wage on certain ...

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Online directories and appointment booking platforms
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Online directories and appointment booking platforms

In David McMullen's recent article, Online directories and appointment booking platforms: Reminders from the ACCC and the Federal Court, David shares his insights on: the ACCC's proceedings against HealthEngine in the Federal Court of Australia concerning allegations of misleading and deceptive conduct;, legal considerations in relation to privacy and consumer protection issues; and, what dental (and health care) practices should do to mitigate risks....

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Hospital negligent for discharging patient without diagnosis of acute aortic dissection and causing death
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Hospital negligent for discharging patient without diagnosis of acute aortic dissection and causing death

Case background In October 2013, Mr Boxell experienced chest pain and was taken to the emergency department at Frankston Hospital (‘the Hospital’). Following examination, observation and investigation, no cause for Mr Boxell’s pain was found, and he was discharged without a diagnosis. The next day Mr Boxell died at home as a result of acute aortic dissection (‘AD’)....

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