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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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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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Tribunal makes orders for reprimand and rehabilitation

In Medical Board of Australia v GMZ, a practitioner was found to have self-administered schedule 4 drugs over a period of 6 years that had not been legitimately prescribed to him.  The practitioner had also made false representations to obtain the drugs and forged prescriptions on his father’s prescription pad. The practitioner’s name was suppressed on the basis that its publication would be deleterious to his rehabilitation....

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Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce

Reporting to the Minister for Health, the Taskforce consists of a cross-section of private and public practitioners, academics and consumer representatives, Via the Taskforce, clinical committees and working groups are required to make recommendations as to whether MBS items are obsolete and should be removed, as well as identify any services that require priority reviews, develop a program considering ...

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Referral for surgery - competent professional practice

The defendant, a specialist respiratory physician, referred the plaintiff to a cardiothoracic surgeon for treatment of a lung mass following the defendant’s diagnosis of Stage II large cell lung cancer, based on clinical assessment and medical investigations. The plaintiff subsequently underwent left lower lobectomy and lymph node dissection surgery. Post-surgery, analysis of the tissue dissected found that there was no cancer....

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No basis for extension of time

On 12 June 2010 the plaintiff, then 9 weeks pregnant with a confirmed intrauterine pregnancy, was admitted to Geraldton Regional Hospital Emergency Department after experiencing severe chest and abdominal pain. She was observed for six hours and treated for indigestion. A pelvic ultrasound later revealed an ectopic pregnancy that had ruptured her left fallopian tube and caused significant internal bleeding....

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Appeal against alleged failure to diagnose melanoma

The NSWCA’s central inquiry in the appeal was about the appearance of the lesion when the deceased first attended his GP. Due to the inadequacy of the notes taken by the four doctors who had treated the deceased, evidence about the appearance of the lesion was dependent on the recollections of the doctors and the deceased’s wife. The NSWCA ultimately accepted the evidence of the treating ...

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Battery and negligence - Incisional hernia repair

The operation was performed by a surgical registrar under the supervision of a specialist general surgeon. Post-operatively, the plaintiff developed a severe infection associated with the placement of surgical mesh over the region of the hernia dissection. The plaintiff re-presented to the hospital on two further occasions after the operation. The plaintiff’s primary case was in battery alleging ...

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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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