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Fake Nurse convicted and ordered to pay over $40,000

Two separate actions were brought against Nicholas Crawford by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, one in Queensland and one in Western Australia in relation to 14 offences arising from his falsely claiming to be a registered health professional. Mr Crawford pleaded guilty to ‘holding himself out’ as a registered nurse in Queensland and using the protected titles of ‘nurse’ and ‘registered nurse’....

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Doctor suspended for falsifying medical records

In a recent Tribunal decision, the Medical Board’s decision to take immediate action against a practitioner by suspending his registration was upheld because the Tribunal considered the practitioner’s dishonest and unethical conduct in falsifying medical records meant suspension was necessary to protect public health or safety. The practitioner had applied to the Tribunal to set aside the Medical Board’s decision....

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Bleach treatment of elderly patient leads to disciplinary action

A NSW Professional Standards Committee recently found a Registered Nurse guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct in relation to a complaint about her care and treatment of a patient in an Aged Care Service. The patient was an elderly lady with deteriorating health who required assistance with all personal care. She also suffered from MRSA, a chronic skin condition which caused her torso to be covered with open wounds and scabs....

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Patient who suffered a stroke fails in her medical negligence claim against cardiologist

In September 2006, the patient was referred to the cardiologist for investigation of possible involvement of her heart in neurological symptoms which she had recently experienced. In her claim the patient alleged the cardiologist failed to carry out sufficient investigations and failed to diagnose or to prescribe treatment for a patent foramen ovale (PFO). On 7 June 2007 the patient suffered a stroke which left her significantly disabled....

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Amendment of patient medical records under the FOI Act

Under the Freedom of Information Act 1992 (WA), a person has the right to apply to a government agency to amend any inaccurate, incomplete, out of date or misleading information personal information in their medical records. An agency may amend personal information by doing things such as striking out or deleting information, or inserting a note in relation to information. Information, however, ...

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State Administrative Tribunal Annual Report 2015-2016

Vocational Regulation matters, which include disciplinary and professional regulation of health practitioners, lawyers, security agents and real estate and settlement agents, comprised only 3% of matters in the Tribunal for 2015/16 period, with 80% of those matters able to be resolved within 25 weeks of the date of lodgement - 2 weeks shorter than the Tribunal's benchmark. Matters ...

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Alleged failure to diagnose melanoma

The New South Wales Supreme Court (NSWSC) has found that a doctor did not breach his duty of care in his diagnosis of the presence of a plantar wart instead of melanoma in the deceased's foot. The Court accepted that at the times the treating doctors saw the lesion on the deceased’s foot from 3 September 2009 up to and including 11 February 2011, it had the appearance of a plantar wart and ...

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COAG Health Council meeting considers paramedics, midwives and chiropractors

At the COAG Health Council meeting on 7 October 2016, Health Ministers agreed to proceed with amendments to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (the National Law) to bring paramedics into the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) for health professions, alongside 14 other regulated health professions. A draft amendment bill is expected to be brought forward to Ministers for approval early in 2017....

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Importance of providing coroner with detailed evidence of root cause analysis and corrective action

The inquest In Inquest into the death of Michael James Calder, Deputy State Coroner Lock of the Coroners Court in Queensland considered the circumstances of Mr Calder’s death in the Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital (hospital) in July 2014. Mr Calder was aged 33 years and had been referred by his GP to the hospital with a three day history of severe occipital headaches, neck pain and stiffness with increasing severity of his headache....

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Nurses disciplined for using restraints on vulnerable patient with dementia

The patient was initially restrained for some two hours in the Ward’s lounge room. Thereafter while he was still being restrained in a chair by means of a pelvic posey, the two nurses used a second pelvic posey to fasten the chair to railing in a corridor near the nurses station. The patient was left there for about nine hours. Contrary to general principles, common sense and various applicable ...

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Mother awarded $1.8m in damages after her baby dies in hospital

Background. In mid-April 2010, the mother suffered from a severe attack of gastroenteritis. She was required to attend Wagga Wagga Base Hospital every day for a period of three weeks. Daily CTG monitoring of her baby was carried out and an ultrasound was performed every second day. On 14 May 2010, she underwent a series of tests, including another ultrasound. A doctor told her she was fine and could go....

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RACGP calls for electronic-only patient communication

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has released a position paper calling for all healthcare services and government agencies that communicate patient information with general practices to eliminate paper forms and faxes within the next three years and to replace them with highly secure digital communications. The RACGP’s position statement on the use of secure electronic ...

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