Queensland: Recommendation for real-time prescription monitoring system

In a combined inquest (House, White, Smith & Milne) regarding deaths from opioid use, a Queensland Coroner has recommended a real time prescription monitoring system. ABC news has noted however that there are already moves towards a national monitoring system, after Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt announced $16 million in funding for one last July. …

Obligations IX – Full programme

The full programme for the Obligations IX conference, to be held at the University of Melbourne in July, is now available. Of the many speakers and topics, Christine Beuermann will address vicarious liability; Neil Foster will discuss breach of statutory duty; James Goudkamp and Eleni Katsampouka will focus on the Anglo-Australian law of punitive damages …

NDIS: whether full time care is a reasonable and necessary support + whether care during hospitalisation is appropriately funded by the NDIA

DGJJ and National Disability Insurance Agency [2018] AATA 1263 related to a child with a range of disabilities such that she is fully dependent on carers for all her needs including mobility, toileting, hygiene and feeding and she has significant communications difficulties. By the time of the hearing the applicant sought 24 hour care and the …

Courtroom procedure: Evidence by a party with face covered

Elzahed v State of New South Wales [2018] NSWCA 103 concerned an appeal arising from the discretionary decision of a trial judge to refuse to allow a witness (who was a party to the action) to give evidence with her face covered in a matter which the evidence of the witness was strongly contentious. As stated …

Innovative / experimental use of Ketamine

Health Care Complaints Commission v Chen [2018] NSWCATOD 73 saw findings of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct made. Ketamine is currently approved as an anaesthetic drug by the TGA in Australia and by Medsafe in New Zealand. It is well known as a general anaesthetic and a short acting analgesic. It is not currently …

NDIS internal reviews: Ombudsman report

Noted from time to time on this blog are the Administrative Appeals Tribunal reviews of NDIS decisions, which are in fact first level external reviews of internal review decisions by the NDIA. Now available is a report by the Commonwealth Ombudsman (report 03/2018) regarding the NDIA internal review processes: Administration of Reviews under the National …

Health data privacy – Family planning NSW

ABC News has reported that people looking for information about abortions and contraception could have had their personal information stolen, after a major data breach at Family Planning NSW. Clients were alerted to the incident by an email signed by chairwoman of the FPNSW board, Sue Carrick, and chief executive Adjunct Professor Ann Brassil. "These …