Children Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 (Vic)

An online version is now available for the Children Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 (Vic). The Bill includes a number of provisions, including: to amend the Limitation of Actions Act 1958 to allow for certain actions in relation to death or personal injury arising from child abuse to be brought despite being dismissed due to the expiry …

ECT: Injunction to suspend therapy

The plaintiff suffers from chronic treatment resistant schizophrenia. The Mental Health Review Tribunal authorised a course of electroconvulsive therapy, and the plaintiff underwent 3 of the 12 sesssions allowed for. The plaintiff, by her father, complained that she should not have to undergo the further treatment and obtained a short term ex parte injunction to …

Telemedicine, informed consent + conduct

The complaints in this matter relate to a period in 2015 to 2017 when the practitioner was the Medical Director of a business operated under the name Medical Weight Loss Institute (MWI). MWI provided its services using a model of “telemedicine”. Patients were not seen in person but conferred with MWI staff by telephone or “online”. …

Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights (Second edition)

In 2018 the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care commenced a review of the Charter. Over 1600 survey responses were received and eight workshops were held with consumers, health service staff and policy-makers. The second edition is said to reflect an increased focus on person-centred care and empowers consumers to take an …

Psychometric testing + credit

Jafari v Khoury & McDonalds Australia Ltd [2019] NSWDC 394 (read on Caselaw) saw an application for a defendant that the plaintiff submit to psychometric testing. The first defendant sought to have the plaintiff psychologically examined for the stated purpose of possibly benefitting or clarifying an already identified medical diagnosis of chronic adjustment disorder. The …

New links added: Civil liability and limitations

Added to the ribbon menu on this site are two new menu items, Civ Liability and Limitations. The Civ Liability menu provides links to the current official versions of the civil liability legislation in each Australian jurisdiction. The Limitations menu provides links to the current official versions of the limitations legislation in each Australian jurisdiction.

NDIS Data + Insights online

The NDIA has created a Data and Insights page for sharing  data in a range of formats including downloadable reports and spreadsheets, analysis and presentations. Participant outcomes reports are provided along with specific topic reports such as on outcomes for participants with autism spectrum disorder.  

Inquiry into the convictions of Kathleen Megan Folbigg

Pursuant to section 77(1)(a) of the Crimes (Appeal and Review) Act 2001 the Governor of New South Wales, had directed that an inquiry be held into the 2003 convictions of Kathleen Megan Folbigg for three counts of murder, one count of manslaughter and one count of maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm in respect of her four children. …