Medical indemnity claim statistics – New report

AIHW has released a new report on public and private sector medical indemnity claims.The report covers claims in the year 2011 - 2012 and is available online. Highlighted outcomes included:Of the public sector and private sector claims closed in 2011-12, just over half (54%) cost less than $10,000, a quarter (25%) cost between $10,000 and $100,000, …

NDIS Rules tabled

CCH tracker news has reported the tabling of various National Disability Insurance Scheme rules in the Senate, with a view to their commencement on 1 July 2013.The Rules include those relating to:Becoming a participantReasonable & necessary supportsParticipant plan self managementProviders of supportsChild representativesNomineesTimeframes for decision makingPrivacyFurther NDIS rules are expected.

US Supreme Court ruling on gene patents

The keenly awaited decision of the US Supreme Court in the matter Association for Molecular Pathology v Myriad Genetics was published on 13 June 2013 and is available online.The New York Times reports the decision as a unanimous finding that isolated human genes may not be patented.The US decision will require comparison with an earlier …

UK Surgical performance data, revisited

The Guardian newspaper has reported further information on the forthcoming online surgical performance data.Writing on 13 June 2013, David Batty said:The value of the NHS league table for surgeons has been cast into doubt after it emerged that consultants can opt out of the system that rates their individual performance.NHS England conceded on Wednesday evening that consultants …

AHPRA guides

The Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority has published two fact guides, available online. The first is for those wishing to make a complaint or notification about a health practitioner. The second is to assist practitioners or students, who become the subject of a complaint or notification. The guides are the subject of discussion today in …

“Unnecessary Causes”, by Jane Stapleton

(2013) 129 Law Quarterly Review 39-65 sees a new article by Professor Jane Stapleton focusing on causation in tort law. The abstract explains the author's argument that private law, specifically tort law, should adopt a notion of a “cause” that is wider than the relation of necessity that is encapsulated in the traditional but-for test. The law …

Human rights, registered sex offender & assisted reproductive treatment

Ethics & Health Law News (EHLN) recently reported a decision of the Victorian CIvil & Administrative Tribunal, Human Rights Division. The decision appears to have been in the nature of a rehearing, following an earlier Victorian Court of Appeal decision Patient Review Panel v ABY & ABZ [2012] VSCA 264.Patient Review Panel v ABY & …

Laser facial treatment provided by a non-medical dermatology clinic

Machado v Advanced Dermatology Group Pty Ltd [2013] NSWDC 85 is a decision regarding a series of laser cosmetic facial treatments described as a non-surgical 60 minute face lift for facial rejuvenation. The plaintiff sought compensation for resultant burns, blistering and scarring to her face.The plaintiff's claim failed as the Court held at [96] that she …

Child care & vaccinations in New South Wales

Upon enactment of the Public Health Amendment (Vaccination of Children Attending Child Care Facilities) Bill 2013, which will commence on 1 January 2014 if not sooner, the principal of a child care facility must not permit a child to enrol at the child care facility unless the parent provides  a vaccination certificate for the child. The proposed …