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Medico Legal Congress

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

22-23 March 2021 | Swissôtel 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 30th Annual Medico Legal Congress will be held on 22-23rd March 2021 at the Swissotel Sydney. We are also offering the option to attend the event virtually.

Join us as we mark the 30th anniversary of 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, reviewing recent cases and discussing the future of healthcare and hospitals – from GPs to surgery in a post COVID world.

Featuring keynote speakers:
The Honourable Justice Ian G. Harrison

Covid 19 in Australia: Perspectives from the frontline
Dr Stephen Parnis, Emergency Physician, St Vincent’s Hospital, Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital, Werribee Mercy Hospital and former Vice President, AMA

Topics we are aiming to address include:

  • The future of healthcare and hospitals – from GPs to surgery in a post COVID world
  • The Aged Care Royal Commission
  • Covid class actions
  • Should Australia should adopt a duty of candour as the UK has done?
  • Doctors using social media – Recent changes, controversies and cases
  • Impairment in physicians: Often not total and permanent
  • Telehealth
  • Gaining consent for medical treatment for trans and gender diverse youth in Australia
  • Civil litigation or conduct actions relating to COVID 19
  • Boxell & Ors v Peninsula Health [2019] VSC 830 – Courts and the acceptance of clinical uncertainty
  • Medical Board updated Code of Conduct
  • Medical staff burnout POST COVID19
  • Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care new guidance for clinicians on how to obtain informed consent in health care
  • Civil claims area of causation
  • Changes in regulatory practice since independent review of the use of chaperones
  • Wrongful birth – Persisting questions about damages
  • The Patients behaving badly – Balancing duty of care and trespass to the person


Dr Stephen Parnis

Emergency Physician, St Vincent's Hospital, Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital, Werribee Mercy Hospital and former Vice President, AMA

The Honourable Justice Ian G. Harrison

Dr Kym Jenkins

Chair, Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC), Immediate Past President, RANZCP

Bill Madden

Special Counsel, Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers

Professor Anne-Maree Kelly

Senior Emergency Physician, Western Health, Melbourne, Adjunct Professor, ACHLR, Queensland University of Technology

Timothy Bowen

Manager - Advocacy & Legal Services, MIGA

Kylie Agland

Partner, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers

Dr Steph Jowett

Australian Centre for Health Law Research, School of Law, QUT

Annabelle Mann

General Counsel, The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne

Richard Laufer

Chief Legal Officer, Northern Health

Janine McIlwraith

Principal Lawyer, Margalit Lawyers

Professor Susan Kurrle

Curran Professor in Health Care of Older People, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney, Clinical Director, Northern Sydney LHD Aged Care and Rehabilitation Network & Senior Staff Specialist Geriatrician, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai and Eurobodalla Health Services

Vijay Roach

President, RANZCOG

Professor Damon Eisen

Acting Director Infectious Diseases and Infection Prevention, Peninsula Health

Tina Cockburn

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

Dr Eliana Close

Australian Centre for Health Law Research

Philip Bates

Barrister, Sir Anthony Mason Chambers

Vicky Antzoulatos

Practice Leader Class Actions, SHINE LAWYERS

Shari R. L. Liby

Accredited Personal Injuries Specialist, and Principal Lawyer in Medical Negligence, Slater and Gordon Lawyers

Dr Amanda Smith

Private Practice Anaesthetist Perth, Western Australia; LLB student, Murdoch University

Professor David Watters AM OBE

University Hospital Geelong, Barwon Health, Alfred Deakin Professor, Deakin University & Chair, Victorian Perioperative Consultative Council

Dr. Sam Bendall

Deputy Director WellMD Centre, SLHD, Emergency Physician, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Retrieval Specialist and Director of Education, CareFlight & NSW Ambulance State Retrieval Consultant

Andrea de Souza

Barrister, Victorian Bar

Anne Tonkin

Chair, Medical Board of Australia

Richard O’Keefe

Barrister, Maurice Byers Chambers

Kate Gillman

Head of Medico-Legal Advisory Service, Avant



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when & where

22 - 23 Mar 2021

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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