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Medico Legal Congress

Informa’s Annual Medico Legal Congress is Australia’s longest running event for medical and legal professionals.

12-13 March 2020 | Radisson Blu Plaza, Sydney

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The 29th Annual Medico Legal Congress returns on 12-13 March 2020 in Sydney. The event is Australia’s premiere medico legal event and a highlight on the calendar of the nation’s medico legal professionals. The congress features wonderfully credentialed speakers addressing complex and thought-provoking medico legal issues.

Featuring an opening keynote address:

  • Voluntary Assisted Dying – Victoria at the vanguard
  • The development of voluntary assisted dying in Australia
  • Victoria’s law and its experience to date
  • Challenges for the medico-legal professions

Julian Gardner AM. Former chair, Victoria’s VAD Implementation Taskforce

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Genetic testing in medical negligence cases
  • Beyond Advance Care Directives: Medical treatment planning for the person who lacks an Advance Care Directive
  • Legal liability for nurses and midwives – Complaints and compensation
  • Modelling tumour kinetics to estimate patient prognosis after delayed diagnosis
  • First, do no harm – Causation in medical negligence
  • Difficult issues at the emergency medicine – medicolegal interface
  • Regulation of health practitioners in Australia and the immediate action process
  • Damaging patient comments – Recent case law and what can you do?
  • Data breaches and cyber attacks-Privacy issues for healthcare
  • PANEL DISCUSSION | Birth trauma and litigation
  • PANEL DISCUSSION | End of life decision-making
  • PANEL DISCUSSION | Patient centered care
  • Regulators act in the public interest… so what is that?

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP- Wednesday 11th March 2020 2:00pm-5:00pm

Medical consent in 2020

  • Introduction to medical consent
  • A history of informed medical consent
  • Legal requirements of medical consent + case studies
  • Delivery of consent
  • Modifying risk with improved consent

Dr Rebecca Bronwyn Saunderson, Dermatologist, CEO, Consentic



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Associate Professor Tina Cockburn TEP

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

Julian Gardner AM

Former chair, Victoria's VAD Implementation Taskforce

Professor Stephen B Fox

Director of Pathology, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

David Hirsch

Barrister, 2nd Floor Selborne Chambers

Dr Barbara Hayes

Clinical Leader - Advance Care Planning, Palliative Care Consultant, Northern Health

Nick Mann

Founder and Principal, Polaris Lawyers

Michael Bracken

Partner, Colin Biggers & Paisley

Audrey Bosboom

Barrister, Anthony Mason Chambers

Bill Madden

Special Counsel, Carroll and O'Dea Lawyers

Kylie Agland

Partner, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers

Blaise Lyons

A/ Legal Manager - Health Law, Sydney Local Health District

Dr Andrew Pickering MBChB LLM(Health) FRANZCOG

Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in Public and Private Practice on Sydney's Northern Beaches and North Shore

Professor Anne-Maree Kelly

Director, Joseph Epstein Centre for Emergency Medicine Research and Senior Emergency Physician at Western Health, Melbourne and Professorial Fellow, The University of Melbourne

Justine Anderson

Lawyer, Carroll & O'Dea Lawyers

Kym Ayscough

Executive Director, Regulatory Operations, AHPRA

Lauren Gandini

Lawyer, Mental Health Law Centre (WA)

Karen Kumar

Barrister, Maurice Byers Chambers

Elizabeth Kennedy

General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (VIA AUDIO CALL)

Janine McIlwraith

Principal Lawyer, Slater and Gordon Lawyers

Naty Guerrero-Diaz

Principal Lawyer, Slater and Gordon Lawyers

Richard Laufer

Legal Counsel, Director - Legal and Information Services, Northern Health

Professor Rina Hui

Senior Staff Specialist in Medical Oncology, Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre, Westmead Hospital & Clinical Professor, University of Sydney (VIA AUDIO CALL)

Julie Brooke-Cowden

Manager Professional Services, MDA National Insurance



Wednesday 11 March, 2:00pm – 5:00pm

  • Introduction to medical consent
  • A history of informed medical consent
  • Legal requirements of medical consent + case studies
  • Delivery of consent
  • Modifying risk with improved consent

Dr Rebecca Bronwyn Saunderson, Dermatologist, CEO, Consentic

when & where

12 - 13 Mar 2020

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney
27 O’Connell Street Sydney
New South Wales 2000
+61 2 8214 0000

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