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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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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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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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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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GP successfully defends claim alleging negligent insertion of Implanon device

Background On 31 August 2011, the Plaintiff attended on Dr Al-Hakeem and ultimately had an Implanon contraceptive device inserted into her arm. For an Implanon device to be effective, it must be inserted within the first five days of the patient’s menstrual cycle. Unbeknownst to the Plaintiff and Dr Al-Hakeem, at the time the Implanon device was inserted, the Plaintiff was 19 days pregnant....

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Changes to the National Law for increased power to take immediate action and to establish Paramedicine Board

The amendments to the National Law include: Changes to strengthen the management of complaints (notifications) and disciplinary enforcement powers of AHPRA and National Boards, including:, Provision of practice information: A National Board may require a health practitioner to provide details of their practice arrangements, regardless of how they are engaged to practise. This will mean ...

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Podiatrist’s application for judicial review of Board’s decision to caution him dismissed

In October 2015, the Board received a notification from a patient on whom the podiatrist had performed surgery. The complaint had been about the result of the surgery and did not deal with the adequacy of the consultation, discussion of risks, and process of obtaining consent. After receiving the notification, the Board provided the podiatrist with a copy of the notification, and identified the ...

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Hospital found to have delayed in treating bacterial meningitis

In 2005 the plaintiff was diagnosed with a benign brain tumour. Surgery to remove the tumour in 2006 led to 90% of the tumour being removed. Further surgery undertaken in September 2007, which all experts described as complex, was unable to be completed due to damage to the carotid artery occurring. This damage was repaired and the Plaintiff was transferred to Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) for ongoing care....

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