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Annual Obstetric Malpractice Conference

Facilitating constructive discussion and debate around the legal, ethical and medical issues surrounding conception, pregnancy and birth

13 – 14 September 2022 | Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne

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overview

Returning for 2022, the 14th Annual Obstetric Malpractice Conference will continue to explore the most thought-provoking topics and recent cases across the medico-legal obstetric landscape.

This is the premier event of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region and has been very well-received over the last decade.
Bringing together representation from the community of obstetricians and gynaecologists, midwives, neonatal staff, barristers, and legal professionals to review recent obstetric cases around the legal, ethical, and medical issues surrounding conception, pregnancy, and birth.

This annual event is a key event on the obstetric, midwifery, and legal calendar. Providing unique networking opportunities.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Physical birth Injuries
  • Collaborative care models
  • Medicolegal support for practicing Obstetricians
  • Patient-measured outcomes
  • Abortion Legislation an international comparison
  • UK Ockenden Report
  • Who is responsible in public obstetrics – GP, registrar, midwife, consultant?
  • Consent to vaginal birth
  • CTG interpretation
  • Rural and remote maternity care
  • Approach to the defendant
  • Expert witnesses’ briefings and can we use them more effectively?
  • Reasons behind settlement
  • Determining which cases go to court
  • “Indefensible cases”
  • Legal issue or professional issue
  • Exploring the defence side of the Medicolegal landscape
  • Transvaginal Mesh Litigation
  • Culturally consideration and overcoming barriers
  • Emerging technology in Obstetrics
  • Outlining opportunities for reform

Approved for RANZCOG CPD July 2022 to Dec 2023 for 12 CPD hours in the Educational Activities Domain.

Australian College of Midwives CPD Endorsed Activity

speakers

Dr Tania Penovic

Senior Lecturer, Monash University, Research Program Group Leader, Gender and Sexuality, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law

Kate Waterford

Partner, Maliganis Edwards Johnson, Chair, Australasian Birth Trauma Association, Director, Physiotherapy Board of Australia, Director, Corryong Health

Noor Blumer

Director, Blumers Personal Injury Lawyers, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Business, Government & Law, University of Canberra

Rebecca Jancauskas

Practice Leader, Class Actions, Shine Lawyers

Bree Knoester

Founder & Principal, Brave Legal

Jyoti Haikerwal

Associate, Brave Legal

Dr Vijay Roach

Immediate Past President, RANZCOG

Jane Bulter

Principal Solicitor, Remedy Law Group

Amy Dawes

CEO, Australasian Birth Trauma Association

Dr Debra O’Brien

Practitioner Member, Medical Board of Australia

Professor Jon Hyett

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Western Sydney University, Consultant in Obstetrics and Materno-Fetal Medicine, Liverpool Hospital, SWSLHD

Dr Danny Tucker

Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, James Cook University, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Townsville University Hospital

Professor Jozef Gecz

NH&MRC Senior Principal Research Fellow, Channel 7 CRF Honorary Chair for the Prevention of Childhood Disability, The University of Adelaide

Jacinta Smith

Special Counsel, MinterEllison

Christian Wright

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Midwife, and Maternal Health Researcher and Educator, Northern Territory Health

Cecile Carbonnel

Project Lead – Maternity Projects-Harm Prevention Program, Victorian Managed Insurance Authority

Alison Speck

Associate, Slater & Gordon Lawyers

Marie-Clare Elder

Partner – Health, Wotton & Kearney

A/Professor Lisa Hui

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne, Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist, Mercy Hospital for Women and The Northern Hospital, Team Leader, Reproductive Epidemiology Group, Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Fiona Reid

Registered Midwife, Wollongong Hospital, Clinical Midwifery Consultant, Maternity Services NSW Health ISLHD and Co-Chair, ABTA's Clinical Advisory Committee

Andrea de Souza

Barrister, Victorian Bar

Justine Anderson

Associate, Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers

Leanne Dillon

General Counsel, The Royal Women’s Hospital

A/Prof Tina Cockburn

Co-Director, Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology

Cheryl McDonald

National Manager – Legal Services, MIGA

Ruanne Brell

Senior Legal Advisor, Avant

Janine McIlwraith

Principal Lawyer, Margalit Lawyers

Dr Amber Moore

Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, St Vincent’s Private Hospital

Dr Kean Kuan

Director of Medical Services, Northern Health

Dr Rachael Hickinbotham

Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, North Shore Private and The Mater Hospitals

Kate Betts

Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Professor Vicki Anderson

Paediatric Neuropsychologist, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

agenda

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening Remarks from the Chair

Kate Waterford, Partner, Maliganis Edwards Johnson, Chair, Australasian Birth Trauma Association, Director, Physiotherapy Board of Australia, Director, Corryong Health

9:10 am

  • Stigma surrounding Abortion legislation in both the US & Australia
  • How stigma is very closely attached to existing and pre-existing legal frameworks, Doctor training as well as public knowledge

9:45 am

Emergency Caesarean Section: Indication and Timing

Professor Jon Hyett, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Western Sydney University, Consultant in Obstetrics and Materno-Fetal Medicine, Liverpool Hospital, SWSLHD

10:15 am

Wrongful Birth Claims

Alison Speck, Associate, Slater & Gordon Lawyers

10:45 am

Networking Break & Morning Tea

11:15 am

KEYNOTE PANEL | Clinical review, open disclosure, and compensation recommendation: An alternative to litigation? Lessons from a large public hospital enquiry

Kate Betts, Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Dr Rachael Hickinbotham, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, North Shore Private and The Mater Hospitals

Moderated by: Dr Vijay Roach, Immediate Past President, RANZCOG

12:45 pm

How to write medical reports and medical malpractice pleadings in language that can be understood by lawyers and judges

Noor Blumer, Director, Blumers Personal Injury Lawyers, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Business, Government & Law, University of Canberra

1:15 pm

Networking Lunch

3:05 pm

What is our duty to diagnose in the genomic age?

A/Professor Lisa Hui, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne, Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist, Mercy Hospital for Women and The Northern Hospital, Team Leader, Reproductive Epidemiology Group, Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Janine McIlwraith, Principal Lawyer, Margalit Lawyers

3:35 pm

Addressing the recent increase of claims where paediatric neurologists are willing to link an autism diagnosis to a birth injury, which wasn’t happening 10 years ago. As previously an autism diagnosis, without cerebral palsy, ruled out a birth injury case. How does this affect us now?

4:05 pm

Afternoon Tea & Networking Break

4:35 pm

  • Leading to impairment by way of mental unwellness, addiction or unsafe practice
  • Burnout also increases the risk of a complaint or claim which only compounds the issues
  • How do practitioners have obligations to report colleagues if they are a risk to the public – an extremely difficult thing to assess and there is a reluctance to do so.
  • Pressures on practitioners during Covid: staff, staff shortages and high patient expectation

5:20 pm

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE | UK Ockenden Report: What does this mean for Informed Consent?

Nadine Montgomery Allam,

5:55 pm

Closing Remarks from Chair

6:00 pm

Networking Drinks

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening Remarks from the Chair

Dr Danny Tucker, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, James Cook University, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Townsville University Hospital

9:10 am

OPENING ADDRESS | Genetic causes of Cerebral Palsy

Professor Jozef Gecz, NH&MRC Senior Principal Research Fellow, Channel 7 CRF Honorary Chair for the Prevention of Childhood Disability, The University of Adelaide

9:40 am

This session will explore common issues arising in cerebral palsy litigation framed in the context of two real-life cases and also look at new challenges presented by NDIS, parents as carers and genetic testing. We will also touch on the international legal landscape to identify similarities and differences in how these issues are being addressed.

10:10 am

PANEL | Who is responsible in public Obstetrics?

Justine Anderson, Associate, Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers

Cheryl McDonald, National Manager – Legal Services, MIGA

Ruanne Brell, Senior Legal Advisor, Avant

Moderated by Dr Danny Tucker, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, James Cook University, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Townsville University Hospital

10:55 am

Networking Break & Morning Tea

11:25 am

This session will focus on the warnings aspects of the case and speak about the implications of this decision for both medical and legal practitioners. Not just in respect of transvaginal mesh implants but other implants generally.

11:55 am

Cultural consideration in maternity care in remote NT and overcoming barriers

Christian Wright, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Midwife, and Maternal Health Researcher and Educator, Northern Territory Health

12:25 pm

Systemic Departmental Review and process of open disclosure: Experience from a large public hospital enquiry

12:55 pm

Networking Lunch

1:50 pm

This session will present a mock cross-examination related to the use of forceps to explore the role of the expert witness.

2:20 pm

Frequency of claims and complaints, exploring key issues through a case study lens including surgical complications and gaining consent, and genomics. This presentation will also address some of the latest research and work into genomics which Avant has been undertaking.

2:50 pm

IN CONVERSATION | Outlining opportunities for reform Emerging technology in Obstetric care

Dr Vinayak Smith, Physician Scientist, Monash University/ Monash Health, Head of New Ventures, Virtus Health

Dr Amber Moore, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, St Vincent’s Private Hospital

Dr Kean Kuan, Director of Medical Services, Northern Health

Moderator: Justine Anderson, Associate, Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers

3:30 pm

Closing Remarks from the Chair

3:35 pm

Closing of the Summit

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13 - 14 Sep 2022

Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne
328 Flinders St
Melbourne VIC 3000
+61 (03) 9250 1888

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