Court approval of surgery for child against parents wishes

With thanks to Associate Professor Tina Cockburn for noting the recent decision in Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service v AT & Anor [2018] QSC 147, a parens patriae decision concerning surgery for a child "K" which was not consented to by his parents. K was born with cortical dysplasia giving rise to refractory epilepsy, …

NSW Health Inquiry re Dr Gayed: Terms of reference

The terms of reference are now available online for the section 122 Health Services Act 1997 (NSW) inquiry regarding Dr Emil Gayed. Ms Furness will be assisted in the inquiry by a medical advisor with expertise in obstetrics and gynaecology. The terms of reference for the inquiry are: To review documentary material to be provided …

Reviewing the code of conduct: Good medical practice

The Medical Board of Australia is seeking feedback on proposed changes to Good medical practice: a code of conduct for doctors in Australia. The current version has been in place since 2014. The June 2018 newsletter explains: The changes we are suggesting to Good medical practice include: strengthening our guidance about discrimination, bullying, sexual harassment and vexatious complaints changing …

Media report on State funeral service for Sir Laurence Street

Below is the ABC media report on the State funeral service for Sir Laurence, held yesterday morning 5 July 2018. Malcolm Turnbull remembers mentor Sir Laurence Street's 'charisma, charm and intellect' By Antonette Collins Posted yesterday at 2:14pm PHOTO: The memorial service was at the Sydney Opera House on Thursday. (ABC News: Philippa McDonald) A fanfare of trumpets …

Failure by medical practitioner to report potential child abuse

Health Care Complaints Commission v Dunstan [2018] NSWCATOD 102 is a complex decision, following on from the killing of a child in 2008. The present matter was brought against a specialist paediatrician in the following context: Commencing in July 2006 Child N was taken by his mother to the practitioner each of those hospitals and …

NDIS: The application of the access criteria + adequate treatment

Furminger and National Disability Insurance Agency [2018] AATA 1872 concerned an application with a spinal condition and depression / PTSD. The Agency accepted that the spinal condition was permanent but (at [30]) was not satisfied that the applicant’s depression and PTSD were permanent, submitting that there was limited evidence to show the applicant has received treatment …

Complaints about dental practitioners

In an analysis of complaints between 2011 and 2016, dental practitioners had the highest rate of complaints among fourteen health professions. Dental practitioners made up 3.5% of health practitioners, yet accounted for over 10% of complaints. Around 4% of dentists received more than one complaint, accounting for 49% of complaints about dentists. The pre-publication version of an …