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33rd Annual Medico Legal Congress

19-20 March 2024 | Swissotel Sydney

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The 33rd Annual Medico Legal Congress is Australia’s premiere medico-legal event and a highlight on the calendar of the nation’s medico-legal professionals.

Whether your interest lies in a particular area of healthcare such as emergency care, obstetrics, cosmetics, dentistry, or psychedelic medicine; or coming from a plaintiff or defence background. The 2024 event will seek to cover the topics of utmost importance of the year angling for debate, reform, and case-study-based learnings for prevention of said medico-legal issues.

Attended by national clinicians, general and legal counsels, Medico Legal advisers, senior-level national and local hospital representatives, indemnity insurers, national law firms, government departments, AHPRA representatives, Medico Legal societies, and universities. The agenda is put together from research, your feedback, and suggestions. We welcome you to provide your input on what you think should be within the program.

Don’t miss out on Australia’s longest-running event for medical and legal professionals. To stay informed of speaker announcements, early bird discounts and the official agenda release register your interest below!

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Recent Legislative Changes You Should be Aware Of
  • Disability Royal Commission: The Interface of Health Systems and the Law
  • What to do if Open Disclosure Processes Break Down
  • Cosmetic Surgery Update Post 1st July 2023: what will happen next?
  • Recent Developments in the Standard of Care in Medical Negligence Cases
  • How to Discuss Risk with Patients
  • Cross-Border Issues in the Era of Telehealth & Travelling Medicine
  • Medicolegal Obligations when Using AI tools in Healthcare
  • Approaches to Supporting Witnesses in Matters Involving Allegations of Sexual Misconduct in Tribunals
  • Voluntary Assisted Dying: What you Need to Know About the Differences from State to State
  • Intentional Torts in Healthcare
  • The Commercialisation of Healthcare
  • Unlawful Detention, Gillick Competency, and Other Considerations within the Hospital / Emergency Setting
  • Defamation 101
  • Expert Evidence

To stay informed of speaker announcements, early bird discounts and the official agenda release register your interest below

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Dr Jamie Orchard

General Counsel, AHPRA

Adam Clements

Lawyer, Kate Williams Medical Law Specialists

Alice Robinson

Director and Principal Lawyer, Polaris Lawyers

Dr Roger Levy

Anaesthetist, Chairman, Patient Care Review Committee, North Shore Private Hospital

Dr Sandra Johnson

Consultant Paediatrician, Clinical Academic, The University of Sydney

Bill Madden

Special Counsel, Carroll & O'Dea Lawyers, Adjunct Professor, Australian Centre for Health Law Research

Professor Tina Cockburn

Director, Australian Centre for Health Law Research

Kate Betts

Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Dr Rachael Hickinbotham

Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, North Shore Private and The Mater Hospitals

Dr Vijay Roach

Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Past President, RANZCOG

Kate Eastman AM SC

Justine Anderson

Senior Associate, Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers

Erica Thuijs

Partner, Jackson McDonald

Dr Susan Hertzberg

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

Dr Yega Muthu

Principal Lawyer, YM Lawyers, Adjunct Associate Professor, Australian Catholic University

Catherine Henry

Principal, Catherine Henry Lawyers

Dr Peter Honeyman

Occupational and Environmental Physician

Dr Michael Wright

General practitioner and Chief Medical Officer, Avant

Dr Wade Stedman

Clinical Lead – Voluntary Assisted Dying Implementation, NSW Ministry of Health

Alexander Acaster

Chief Operating Officer, TMLEP

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

Katherine Waller

Project Coordinator – Voluntary Assisted Dying Training Projects – QUT

Dr Reece Adler

Doctor in Training Medical Adviser, Avant, Emergency Registrar, RPA Hospital

Dr Andrew Walby

Director of Medical Services, Portland District Health, Emergency Physician, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne

Dr Emily Kirkpatrick

Executive Medical Director, Calvary Amplar Health Joint Venture

Kate Evans

National Manager, National Legal Practice (Professional Misconduct Unit), AHPRA

Belinda Kochanowska

Principal Solicitor, Intrepidus Law





Diverse range of topics and speakers, fantastic/respectful discussion, great chairs each day”. Delegate 2023

 “The congress provided great opportunities to meet and float research ideas which further reminds us of the importance of communication in healthcare”. Delegate 2023

 “Very broad coverage of medico legal topics. Very easy to understand and no overlapping”. Delegate 2023

ConnectMe + Streamly

ConnectMe • Networking enhanced

All of our events utilise a bespoke dynamic smartphone app, ConnectMe – which guarantees attendees a premium event experience. Logins are sent prior to the conference commencement allowing you to check who’s attending, schedule in meetings and catch ups, participate in live Q+A and interactive polls, and much more. ConnectMe ensures you never miss a beat prior, during and post event.


Streamly • On-Demand video vault

Streamly is a new video platform from Informa Connect – hosting hours of session recordings from our events and more. Select the Streamly add-on at the checkout to receive an annual subscription to exclusive On-Demand session recordings from all of our related healthcare events*. Login information will be sent post event. For more information visit our Streamly page.

* Note: In a minority of cases, speakers may request their sessions to be excluded from Streamly access.


Our Commitment to Sustainability

In Australia, we are committed to running our events in an environmentally and socially responsible way. Across Informa Connect we are focusing on the short and long-term sustainability impacts we have on customers and colleagues alongside the communities we work in.

We recognise that it’s not just about the way we produce our events and products but recognising that we have a role to play in providing a space to work in partnership together with our markets to inspire the sustainable development of the industries we serve.

To read more on our latest sustainability reports and Faster Forward initiatives – click here.

when & where

19 - 20 Mar 2024

Swissotel Sydney
68 Market St,
Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9238 8888

Book accommodation with HotelMaps
To access the best available rate, book here.

We have secured a special accommodation rate from $255* per room per night, room only, for conference attendees at the Crown Promenade for the nights of the 4-5 September 2024 inclusive.

To book this rate, click here.

* Room availability and rates are subject to availability and valid until 7 days prior to the event, unless sold out prior. Book early to avoid disappointment.


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