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The implications of the new guidelines on medical practitioners who perform cosmetic surgery and procedures
From 1 July 2023, medical practitioners who perform cosmetic surgery and procedures will be subject to updated guidelines developed by the Medical Board of Australia. In this article, our Kennedys healthcare experts discuss the significance of the new guidelines and what cosmetic surgeons need to know.
Case review 08/05/2023
What happens when parents’ anti-vaccination sentiment conflicts with life-saving treatment needed by a child?
In this article, we consider the recent decision of the High Court of New Zealand in Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand, Te Toka Tumai v C and S, which underscores the tension between a child’s need for life-saving medical treatment and parents’ refusal of consent.
An exploration of the Independent Review of Medicare Integrity and Compliance
In November 2022, the Independent Review of Medicare Integrity and Compliance was commissioned following concerning media allegations of potential fraud in the Medicare system. Partner, Anjali Woodford, and Paralegal, Pavi Paramasivam, explore the findings of the Review and encourage practitioners to be proactive in implementing Medicare billing reforms in an article published in the Australian Medical Association (Victoria)’s blog, Stethoscope.
Five top HR fails in medical practices
Setting up a medical practice, employing practice staff, maybe taking on some other doctors as well? What could possibly go wrong? In this article, we consider five of the most common human resource management fails in medical practices that come across our desks.
The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Act: Changes to the National Law
The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2022 has introduced amendments that impact over 30 areas of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law. Special Counsel, Mia Campbell, and Paralegal, Jimmy Zhang, summarise the key changes and important details to watch for in an article published in the Australian Medical Association (Victoria)’s blog, Stethoscope.
A quantum comparison: assessment of damages around the world
In this quantum comparison report, we provide an overview of the approach to claims, capturing the insights from our medical negligence experts in Australia, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Latin America, Portugal, Spain and the UK.
Towards a consumer-centred mental health system? An exploration of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Act 2022 (Vic)
On 6 September 2022, the Mental Health and Wellbeing Act 2022 (Vic) received Royal Assent. In this article we consider whether the Act has the capacity to deliver a fairer, more compassionate mental health system focussed on consumer recovery and support, a system which encourages a human rights-based culture to flourish.
Resolving practice disputes
Disputes arise even in the most successful medical practices, and often among partners or colleagues who have otherwise worked harmoniously. What can medical practices do to minimise the disruption caused by disputes?
Disclosing patient images: the importance of confidentiality
In this article we explore a recent decision of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, which serves as a reminder of the importance of confidentiality in the doctor-patient relationship and the situations in which the disclosure of patient health information is prohibited.
The complexities of best interests decisions and the role of parents in clinical ethics committees’ process
In this article, which was originally published in the Australian Health Law Bulletin, our healthcare experts in Australia and the UK provide an overview of the recent decision of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust v Verden and consider its implications for clinical ethics committees.