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On 2 March 2021, the Victorian Government released the final report of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. The Commission highlighted the strains on the mental health system and found that people obtaining mental health services ‘are not treated with dignity or respect and are not involved in making decisions about their own treatment, care and support’. It also found ‘an excessive use of restrictive practices and compulsory treatment’.
For most people, getting their COVID-19 vaccine will be as simple as booking an appointment and presenting for a ‘jab’, but for those who lack capacity to consent to the vaccine, who can be among the most vulnerable to COVID-19, the process is less straightforward. The law in this area involves a careful balancing of the patient’s right to autonomy and self-determination with the right to life and the highest attainable standard of health. While the issue of capacity to consent to medical treatment is far from novel, some recent UK cases relating to COVID-19 vaccine refusal highlight what may be taken into account by a court in such cases.
We are pleased to again report a record turnover of £264m, an increase of 11% on the previous year (£238m).We have also increased the number of fee earners globally by 10%, taking the firm’s overall headcount to in excess of 2,300
The Supreme Court of Victoria clarifies when limitation periods start to run for building actions and reject individual lot owners' late joinder application
The recent decision of the Supreme Court of Victoria (Lendlease Engineering Pty Ltd v Owners Corporation No 1 & Ors  VSC 338) clarifies which occupancy permit is relevant when calculating time under s 134 of the Building Act 1993 (Vic) (Building Act) and rejected the lot owners’ argument that their claims were not statute barred because the Owners Corporation had commenced the proceeding on their behalf.
In this blog we explore sentiment analysis and the different approaches of two off-the-shelf sentiment analysers, Vader and TextBlob. While these analysers can be good for a quick solution for a sentiment analysis use case, they sometimes fail to produce reliable results for certain use cases and scenarios.
With the use of social media by medical professionals becoming more prevalent, it is more important to ensure that any views expressed or material shared on social media comply with the Medical Board of Australia’s (the Board) expectations of medical professionals, even if the material being shared is on a private page without reference to the practice of medicine.
The Victorian Government will introduce a statutory duty of candour in 2021 to aid in strengthening quality and safety in healthcare delivery.
Recent amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) are relevant for medical practices that engage casual staff. Casual workers receive a 25 per cent loading on top of their ordinary hourly rate. This has traditionally been intended to compensate them for not having some statutory entitlements of a full-time or part-time employee, such as paid annual and personal leave.
Kennedys reaffirms commitment to diversity and inclusion agenda, as a global partner of 2021 Dive In festival
We are delighted to again be a global partner of Dive In, the international festival for diversity and inclusion (D&I) in insurance and an initiative of Inclusion@Lloyd’s.
Kennedys is implementing a hybrid working policy which will allow people to work from home up to 40% of the time.