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Notifiable Data Breach scheme commences

From 22 February 2018, the Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme will apply to all agencies and organisations with existing personal information security obligations under the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act). All private sector health and aged care organisations are affected by the scheme requiring them to notify the Information Commissioner and any individuals likely to be at risk of serious harm in the event of an eligible data breach....

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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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HR Toolbox Edition 10 2018

Recent news In a recent controversial decision by the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission, employers using “back to back” term contracts may now run the risk of facing an unfair dismissal claim where a contract is not renewed. Click here to read our full blog on this key decision. , The results of the Fair Work Ombudsman’s healthcare sector campaign have found that ...

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RISK ALERT: A non-renewal of a term contract may now be considered a dismissal by the employer

Generally, under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FWA) an employee can only bring an unfair dismissal claim if their employment has been terminated at the initiative of the employer. Prior to the decision of the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission in Saeid Khayam v Navitas English Pty Ltd t/as Navitas English [2017] FWCFB 5162 (Navitas) an employee under a term contract that expired and was not ...

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HR Toolbox: Edition 9 – 2017

Latest news: The latest Annual Report released by the Fair Work Commission has revealed that in the last 12 months there has been an upwards trend in general protections (involving dismissal) applications, with a 14% increase in this type of claim from 2015-2016.  Out of the 3,564 general protections applications made to the Commission, 73% of them were finalised at the Commission level and ...

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No Extension of Limitation Period 16 Years Post-Surgery

One might conclude from the decision, that the Plaintiff, Mr Holcombe, presented as an honest, stoic and credible 42-year-old man, who had tolerated many years of pain and discomfort. However, as the Court concluded, the decision to extend a limitation period must be reasonable, as well as just. Synthesising all the relevant factors, the Court could not find that an extension of time was reasonable, ...

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Occupational Health and Safety Blog

Whilst Western Australia never quite made it out of the starting gate, the majority of other Australian jurisdictions (with the exception of Victoria) have since enacted harmonised OHS legislation based on the Model Legislation published in or about 2010. Having spent considerable time and resources in preparation for the Model legislation that never came, it is unsurprising that many Western Australian industries are a little jaded and more than a little confused....

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HR Toolbox: Edition 8 – 2017

Latest news The McGowan government has introduced amendments to the Occupational Safety & Health Act 1984 (WA) to increase penalties for offences under the Act. The significant increases are aimed at ensuring that penalties better reflect the importance of a safe workplace and to bring Western Australia’s penalties in line with other jurisdictions in Australia.  To review the Bill and explanatory memorandum, click here....

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Neurosurgeon failed to properly advise of treatment options

In February 2011, the Plaintiff was found to have a benign brain tumour. He consulted with Dr Day, a neurosurgeon, who recommended that the tumour be removed by way of endoscopic surgery. The surgery was performed without incident but shortly thereafter the Plaintiff suffered a haemorrhage which left him with significant impairment. It was accepted that there were two available courses of treatment: ...

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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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Immediate action against practitioner after suspension of medical licence in US

The immediate action process arose from a notification the Board received in August 2016 that the practitioner, who was practicing in both the US and Australia, had had his medical licence summarily suspended in June 2016 by Judge Mandala, an Administrative Law Judge of the Alaskan Office of Administrative Hearings. The practitioner’s suspension in Alaska followed an investigation into his prescribing ...

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HR Toolbox Edition 7 – 2017

Latest decisions The Fair Work Commission, which found that an employee’s dismissal was not a genuine redundancy, has ordered to have the employee reinstated back into his former job (or an equivalent position) despite the employer opposing such an order on the basis that the former job no longer existed and the employment relationship had been irretrievably broken. Links to the full decision ...

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