HealthEngine: Information sharing

A spokesperson for the Health Minister Mr Hunt is reported to have said that the Government had instructed the Information Commissioner and Australian Digital Health Agency to investigate the issue of the app operators sharing of health information with others, including law firms.

Subpoena dispute in physiotherapy treatment claim: Records of other patients

The plaintiff had issued proceedings against a physiotherapist treatment alleging that treatment afforded to him resulted in him suffering a left vertebral artery dissection and cerebellar stroke: Arnold v Matsias (No 2) [2018] NSWSC 922. The plaintiff issued a subpoena seeking the de-identified/redacted clinical records and consultation notes for patients who received physiotherapy performed by the defendant …

Application for injunction to prevent cessation of medical treatment

Ibrahim v South Eastern Sydney Local Health District [2018] NSWSC 913 saw the Court called upon following the involvement of the plaintiff's wife in a quad bike accident. Her doctors formed the view that she had suffered brain death and so wished to terminate further treatment including life support. Evidence from Dr Gordon Flynn was …

Changes to the regulation of low risk medical products, but no decision on aromatherapy and homeopathy

The relevant business areas of the TGA will be working with affected stakeholders and sponsors to implement changes to the regulation of some low risk medical products, as announced on 21 June 2018. Further updates regarding the regulation of aromatherapy and homeopathic products will be provided once a decision has been made by Government.

“Are you sure?” – Australian Academy of Science and Australian Academy of Law Joint Symposium

The Australian Academy of Science and Australian Academy of Law will be holding a joint symposium on the topic of 'Are You Sure?'.  This joint symposium will see the Australian Academy of Law and the Australian Academy of Science come together to present discussions around: Scientific certainty compared with legal certainty, and scientific decision-making compared …

Mandatory reporting & allegation of delay before conduct proceedings

Thompkins v Medical Board of Australia [2018] SASC 72 is well explained in a brief headnote. The plaintiff, a practising psychiatrist, applied for a permanent stay of proceedings in the South Australian Health Practitioners Tribunal arising from allegations that, between October 2002 and August 2004, he engaged in professional misconduct during and after course of …