A new hand surgery case from South Australia: Coombe v Katsaros

Coombe v Katsaros [2011] SADC 93 An action in negligence, regarding a plaintiff who suffered flexion contractures of little fingers due to Dupuytren's disease. Fir the purpose of releasing the contractures, the defendant performed separate operations on left and right hands. Following those operations plaintiff developed pain in his hands and flexion contracutures of his …

An unusual case, alleging fraud in performing dental treatment

In Dean v Phung [2011] NSWSC 653 the patient unsuccessfully alleged that the defendant dentist deliberately performed damaging procedures on healthy teeth solely for financial gain and fraudulently represented to the patient that the procedures were reasonably necessary in order to obtain his consent to them. If the argument made by the patient had succeeded, …

Draft National Framework for Advance Care Directives in Australia

A draft National Framework for Advance Care Directives has now been produced by a Working Group of the Clinical, Technical and Ethical Principal Committee of the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council. The Working Group is now seeking comments from stakeholders. The Working Group has engaged HWL Ebsworth to conduct the consultation and report on its …