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Medico Legal Congress

9 - 10 March 2017 | Swissotel Sydney

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Call for Papers - Medico Legal 2017

For Speaking Opportunities please complete the proposal form by Friday 14th of October and send to to assist with program scheduling.

To ensure the program is relevant and interesting, I would be delighted to gain your feedback and advice on any topics/case studies and speaker recommendations you would like to see at this year's event. By gathering your feedback we can produce a program that covers current key issues & work towards an even better event in 2017.

We'd like to thank all the speakers and attendees who contributed tothe success of the 25th annual Medico Legal Congress in Sydney in February. As one of the longest running events in Informa Australia's history, the congress has always brought together medical and legal professionals from around the country to facilitate positive discussion and constructive debate on the most current of medico-legal challenges, and we would like to thank every speaker for their time and commitment.

Speakers included:

  • The Honourable Geoffrey Davies AO
  • Vinay Rane, Fulbright Scholar, Visiting Professor in Women's Health to New York State University, Harvard University, United Nations, Mayo Clinic, President of the Medico-Legal Society of Victoria, Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Consultant Specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Melbourne Mothers, and Forensic Physician
  • Professor Eleanor Milligan, Griffith University, School of Medicine
  • Janine McIlwraith, Principal Lawyer, Slater & Gordon Lawyers (Melbourne)
  • Bill Madden, National Practice Group Leader - Medical Law, Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law, Slater and Gordon Lawyers
  • Associate Professor Tina Cockburn, Australian Centre for Health Law Research, QUT Faculty of Law
  • Professor David Isaacs, Senior Staff Specialist, Department of Infectious Diseases & Microbiology, Clinical Professor in Paediatric Infectious Diseases, University of Sydney & the Westmead Children's Hospital Sydney
  • Ebony Birchall, Lawyer, Slater and Gordon Lawyers and PhD Student, University of Wollongong
  • Zara Officer, Health, Aged Care & Life Sciences, Holman Webb Lawyers
  • David Hirsch, Barrister, Second Floor Selbourne Chambers
  • Denise Bowen, Manager Mediation & Legal Services, Child & Adolescent Health Service, Perth, Western Australia
  • Megan Fairweather, Special Counsel, Minter Ellison Lawyers
  • Tony Kofkin, Director of Investigations, Health Care Complaints Commission NSW
  • Jon Wardle, Chancellor's Research Fellow, Faculty of Health, University of Technology
  • Peter Williams, Director of Clinical Services, St Vincent's Private Hospital Brisbane
  • Karen Kumar, Partner, Hicksons Lawyers
  • Alec Welsh, Professor in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, University of New South Wales, Royal Hospital for Women
  • Julia Lonergan SC, 12th Floor Selborne Wentworth Chambers
  • Louise Cantrill, Partner, Henry Davis York
  • Toby Biddle, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

Topics addressed included:

  • The Medico-Legal Future
  • The Patient Care Paradox: The Desire to Meet Patient Demands Leading to Increased Legal Risk
  • Legal and Professional Obligations Relevant to Medical Treatment within Detention Centres and the Medical Profession as an Advocate for the Improvement of Asylum Seekers' Health
  • Identifying Incompetent Surgeons: A Collective Failure to Learn from Public Inquiries
  • Managing the Unregistered Health Workers through the New National Code
  • Unresolved Areas of Debate in Medical Negligence Law
  • Tough Decisions: Treatment Limiting in a Paediatric Environment
  • The Perils of Predicting Future Unprofessionalism in Medical Students
  • Systemic Failures' Leading to Multiple Fatalities and Injuries
  • Privacy and eHealth
  • Withdrawal of Treatment – What are the Rights of Clinicians versus the Rights of Patients and Family Members?
  • Interpreting Intrapartum Fetal Monitoring
  • Nano-Medicine - A Macro Medico-Legal Risk?
  • Can you blame the Tools? Doctors' Liability and Medical Device Issues

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Please note that some speaker presentations are confidential and will not be made available.

Dates for the 2017 Medico Legal Congress will be finalized in the coming months.

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