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31st Annual Medico Legal Congress

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

15-16 March 2022 | Swissotel Sydney

We are excited to be moving back to face-to-face events but will continue to offer the option to attend the event virtually

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The 31st Annual Medico Legal Congress will be returning to the Swissotel, Sydney in March 2022. We are also offering the option to attend the event virtually.

Join us at Australia’s premiere medico legal event and a highlight on the calendar of the nation’s medico legal professionals. The congress features a highly credentialed speaker faculty addressing complex and thought-provoking medico legal issues, reviewing recent cases, and discussing the future of healthcare and hospitals – from GPs to surgery in a post COVID world.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • The liability around contracting COVID-19 as a Health Practitioner, who is responsible?
  • Decision making frameworks and determining capacity in children
  • Has the COVID-19 era, seen an increase in ‘medical negligence’ as a consequence of a reliance on telehealth?
  • The key to medico legal case is being a good expert witness
  • COVAX: vaccination exemptions and new developments
  • Johnson & Johnson vaginal mesh litigation: what you thought you knew
  • Voluntary Assisted Dying: Addressing the 3 new Bills
  • NDIS – Recent Cases and Trends
  • Ethical dilemmas in emergency; treating patients with specific cultural considerations
  • The Australian Covid 19 compensation scheme
  • Dental Consent issues: “informed consent” vs failure to warn
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Addressing good medical practice: sexual misconduct within the clinical setting
  • Police detain and transport powers under Australian mental health acts – community safety or violation of rights?
  • Cosmetic surgery – myths, reality, and the solution
  • Medicare and private health insurance – recent and emerging medico-legal issues
  • Rural vs City medicine in Antenatal and Obstetric care


Bill Madden

Special Counsel, Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers

A/Prof Tina Cockburn

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

Janine McIlwraith

Principal Lawyer, Margalit Lawyers

Louise Cantrill

Partner, Mills Oakley

Dr Vijay Roach

Immediate Past President, RANZCOG

Nick Mann

Founder and Principal, Polaris Lawyers

Professor Ben White

Professor of End-of-Life Law and Regulation, Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Queensland University of Technology

Rebecca Jancauskas

Practice Leader, Class Actions, Shine Lawyers

Justine Anderson

Associate, Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers

Professor Marie Bismark

Professor of Law and Public Health (Centre for Health Policy), University of Melbourne

Dr Anne Tonkin

Chair, Medical Board of Australia

Tom Ballantyne

Principal Lawyer, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

Bree Knoester

Founder & Principal, Brave Legal

Alison Choy Flannigan

Partner and Leader Health & Community, Hall & Wilcox

Kate Gillman

Head of Medico-Legal Advisory Service, Avant

Professor Damon Eisen

Acting Director Infectious Diseases and Infection Prevention, Peninsula Health

A/Professor David Hunter

Associate Professor of Medical Ethics in the School of Medicine, University of Adelaide

A/Professor Alexander Holden

Head of Specialist Services, Sydney Dental Hospital and Oral Health Services, Sydney Local Health District

Timothy Bowen

Manager – Advocacy & Legal Services, MIGA

Dr Katie Wynne

Conjoint Associate Professor, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle

A/Professor Charlotte Hespe

Chair, RACGP NSW/ACT faculty, Head, General Practice and Primary Care Research, School of Medicine, The University of Notre Dame

Justine Raczkowski

Senior Legal Counsel, The Royal Children’s Hospital

Dr Andrew Walby MBBS

Director of Emergency Medicine. St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne

Professor Anne-Maree Kelly

Director, Joseph Epstein Centre for Emergency Medicine Research, Senior Emergency Physician, Western Health, Melbourne, Adjunct Professor, The Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Queensland University of Technology, Professorial Fellow, The University of Melbourne

Susan Hertzberg

Senior Staff Specialist in Emergency Medicine, Prince of Wales Hospital, Senior Medical Advisor, Avant Mutual Medical Indemnity

Liz Nunn

Paediatric Endocrine CNC, Trans and Gender Diverse Health Services, Maple Leaf House, Hunter New England LHD

Rocky Ruperto

Legal and Policy Officer, Avant

Dr David Garne

Director: Community, Primary, Remote and Rural, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Wollongong

Dr Patrick Tansley

President, Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery and Medicine

Ruanne Brell

Senior Legal Advisor, Avant

Jeremy Wiggins

Executive Officer, Transcend Australia

Dr Tram Nguyen

Consultant Psychiatrist, The Royal Children's Hospital Gender Service, Melbourne

Professor Julie Leask

Professor, Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney

Clare Kerley

Special Counsel, Hall & Wilcox

Christian Wright

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

Dr Kiarna Brown

Gynaecologist and Obstetrician, Royal Darwin Hospital




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when & where

15 - 16 Mar 2022

Swissotel Sydney
68 Market St
Sydney NSW 2000
Ph: +61 (02) 9238 8888

Swissotel Sydney Special Accommodation Rate: 10% discount off best available rate at the time of booking. In order to qualify, please call the Reservations Team on 02 9238 8888 between 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday or email and quote INFORMA


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