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Medico Legal Congress

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

6-7 March 2019 | Radisson Blue Plaza, Sydney

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The 28th Annual Medico Legal Congress returns on the 6-7 March 2019 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.

OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Why it’s Not a Catastrophe to be Reported to the Regulator- Facts and Fallacies about the Operation of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for Health Professions
Kym Ayscough, Executive Director, Regulatory Operations, AHPRA

INTERNATIONAL ADDRESS | Medical Negligence in Ireland – Topical Developments
Eamon Harrington, Partner, Comyn Kelleher Tobin (solicitors, Ireland), Former Chairman, Litigation and ADR Committees, Law Society of Ireland

TOPICS TO BE ADDRESSED:

  • Current Coroners Court Trends
  • Occupational Violence and Healthcare Professionals
  • How Urgent is an Emergency Cesarean Section?
  • Where We Stand in 2019 in the Treatment of Urinary Incontinence after the Senate Enquiry and the Class Action Against Mesh Products
  • The Ageing Doctor and a Positive Transition to a Portfolio Career
  • An Update on Good Medical Practice- A Code of Conduct for Doctors in Australia
  • Do Patients Really Understand Us?
  • HYPOTHETICAL SCENARIO DISCUSSION | Supervision of Junior Doctors & Case Law Involving Supervision Failures
  • HYPOTHETICAL SCENARIO DISCUSSION | The Medico Legal Implications of Technology in Healthcare
  • Paramedicine the 15th Registered Health Profession
  • Legal Challenges Facing Health Professionals – Consumer Feedback and Coronial Investigations
  • The Extraction and Use of Posthumous Sperm – What is the Current State of Play?
  • Privacy in Healthcare
  • Clinical Perspective on When It Is and Is Not Appropriate to Divulge
  • Personal Medical Information
  • Egregious Failures to Relieve Pain in Childbirth

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agenda

8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

9:00 am

OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Why it’s Not a Catastrophe to be Reported to the Regulator- Facts and Fallacies about the Operation of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for Health Professions

Kym Ayscough, Executive Director, Regulatory Operations, AHPRA

9:40 am

  • Cervical cancer screening litigation:
    • Media storm and Government response
    • Fast track litigation, involving US laboratories
    • Allegations of deliberate withholding of information from affected women/their families
  • The discount rate- significantly reduced, but higher than UK
  • Developing alternative dispute mechanisms- pressure to consider recourse other than to Courts

10:40 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:10 am

  • The review of the Coroners Act – A new court?
  • Coronial discretion – Towards better decision-making
  • Inquests – Can we do better?

11:45 am

Occupational Violence and Healthcare Professionals

Dr Michael Eburn, Associate Professor, School of Legal Practice, ANU College of Law, The Australian National University

OBSTETRICS

12:20 pm

  • Many civil cases allege that an emergency Cesarean section should have been performed more expeditiously, and that this would have changed the outcome
  • It is not safe nor appropriate that every Cesarean is a “Category One” case
  • Most hospitals are not always staffed to be able to achieve a Cesarean section within 30 or 60 minutes, and patients are usually unaware of this
  • What is reasonable and achievable in performance times for Cesarean section?

12:55 pm

Lunch and networking break

2:30 pm

  • There is increasing scrutiny by regulators on the ageing doctor, with proposals for health checks on doctors aged 70 and over by the medical registration body
  • A need for doctors to ensure they can manage their own transition to retirement in a self-reflective, insightful and constructive manner
  • How to approach the transition to a portfolio career from clinical practice for doctors can be a positive experience, with a wide variety of options such as management, governance, education, medicolegal, research and other opportunities

3:05 pm

  • The international trend to explicitly detail expectations of professional behaviour
  • The strengths and weaknesses of the Code of Conduct
  • “I only gave the patient $20” and other disciplinary stories

3:40 pm

Networking and refreshment break

4:00 pm

Results indicate that up to fifty percent of the information given to patients is not understood and assessment of understanding following the delivery of information rarely takes place. Four themes related to the question will be covered:

  • Health literacy and its influence on understanding
  • Gap between actual and perceived understanding
  • The impact of the educational program and understanding assessment tools
  • Individual and psychosocial effects and influences on patient understanding

4:35 pm

HYPOTHETICAL SCENARIO DISCUSSION | Supervision of Junior Doctors & Case Law Involving Supervision Failures

Facilitated by: Janine McIlwraith, Principal Lawyer, Slater and Gordon Lawyers

Dr Andrew Walby MBBS, DipRACOG, FACEM, Director of Emergency Medicine, Emergency Department, St. Vincent's Hospital (Melbourne) Limited

A/Prof Daniel Challis, Director of Women's and Children's Health, South East Sydney LHD

Karen Kumar, Partner, Hicksons Lawyers

Professor Erwin Loh, National Chief Medical Officer and Group General Manager of Clinical Governance, St Vincent's Health Australia

5:20 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

5:25 pm

Networking Function

8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

9:00 am

The paramedic profession has seen monumental change in practice over recent decades and now has a comprehensive set of skills and technologies to provide world class services to Australian communities.

The future will present equally exciting changes alongside regulation of the profession and the registration of paramedics. Paramedics will work closely with their health practitioner colleagues in evolving roles to meet the increasing demand for health services, seeking innovation and new pathways in providing quality healthcare.

Registration will ensure that Australian communities can be confident that expected standards are being met by those practising as paramedic health care professionals.

But what does it really mean? What is a ‘health care professional? What may change in the future?

Associate Professor Stephen Gough ASM, Chair, Paramedicine Board of Australia

9:40 am

HYPOTHETICAL SCENARIO DISCUSSION | The Medico Legal Implications of Technology in Healthcare

Facilitated by: Veronica Scott, Special Counsel, MinterEllison

Dr Mauritius Du Toit, Acting Executive Director of Medical Services, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service

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

Anne Matthew, Lecturer, Intellectual Property & Innovation Law Research Program, QUT School of Law

10:25 am

Networking and refreshment break

10:55 am

  • The statutory rights of patients to make choices for future medical treatment in Victoria and other jurisdictions
  • The change in medical practice from ‘what is in the best interest of the patient’ to ‘what is the patient’s preferences and values’
  • The legal implications of non-compliance with the Act
  • Case examples

11:30 am

  • How to manage feedback and when to seek help? How do I handle a vexatious consumer?
  • Coronial Investigations – Using case studies we will investigate some do’s and don’ts of managing these investigations

12:05 pm

In 2018 there have been a number of decisions in relation to the posthumous extraction and use of sperm. Obtaining orders to extract the sperm is one matter, however, the more complex legal issues arise when orders are sought to enable the use of the sperm. Legislative provisions affect what orders can be made in relation to the use of the sperm. This presentation will explore these complex legal issues and examine recent cases where such orders have been sought.

12:40 pm

  • The current legal framework
  • Health data security-Managing the risks
  • Key governance issues

1:15 pm

Lunch and networking break

2:15 pm

A Drunk Man Walks Out of an Emergency Department…Clinical Perspective on When It Is and Is Not Appropriate to Divulge Personal Medical Information

Dr Andrew Walby MBBS, DipRACOG, FACEM, Director of Emergency Medicine, Emergency Department, St. Vincent's Hospital (Melbourne) Limited

2:50 pm

  • Failure to adequately address pain as a primary issue should be considered medical malpractice or at least unsatisfactory professional performance
  • The possibilities for untreated labour pain to be deemed medical negligence could include maternal post-traumatic stress disorder (mental harm), fetal brain injury resulting from maternal acidosis and utero-placental hypo-perfusion or negligent infliction of mental harm on the family members witnessing their family relative in intolerable pain
  • Effective pain control in labour should be seen as good medicine, as well as humane treatment

3:25 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

3:30 pm

END OF CONFERENCE

pricing

Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$2695$2295+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird
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Package(Two Days)$2195$1795+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird

General Pricing

  • Early Bird Rate – Expires by 21 December 2018
    – 2 Day Conference: $2,295 + GST
  • Standard Rate – From 22 December 2018
    – 2 Day Conference: $2,695 + GST

 

Hospital, Govt & Academia Rate

  • Early Bird Rate – Expires by 21 December 2018
    – 2 Day Conference: $1,795 + GST
  • Standard Rate – From 22 December 2018
    – 2 Day Conference: $2,195 + GST

Book 3 delegates and receive the 4th delegate pass at no cost. To take advantage of this offer, call us today on 02 9080 4307 or email info@informa.com.au.

Note: All delegates must be from the same company and register at the same time to qualify.

speakers

Kym Ayscough

Executive Director, Regulatory Operations, AHPRA

Eamon Harrington

Partner, Comyn Kelleher Tobin (solicitors, Ireland), Former Chairman, Litigation and ADR Committees, Law Society of Ireland

Hugh Dillon

Barrister, Maurice Byers Chambers

Professor Erwin Loh

National Chief Medical Officer and Group General Manager of Clinical Governance, St Vincent's Health Australia

A/Prof Daniel Challis

Director of Women's and Children's Health, South East Sydney LHD

Karen Kumar

Partner, Hicksons Lawyers

Andrew Korda AM

Conjoint Professor Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Western Sydney University & Consultant Emeritus, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney

Trudy Ararat

Chief Legal Officer, Peninsula Health

Richard Laufer

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

Associate Professor Stephen Gough

ASM, Chair, Paramedicine Board of Australia

Dr Michael Eburn

Associate Professor, School of Legal Practice, ANU College of Law, The Australian National University

Kylie Short

Senior Nursing Lecturer, Ara Institute of Canterbury & Adjunct Fellowship, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Janine McIlwraith

Principal Lawyer, Slater and Gordon

Dr Andrew Walby MBBS

DipRACOG, FACEM, Director of Emergency Medicine, Emergency Department, St. Vincent's Hospital (Melbourne) Limited

Dr Mauritius Du Toit

Acting Executive Director of Medical Services, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service

Veronica Scott

Special Counsel, MinterEllison

Anne Matthew

Lecturer, Intellectual Property & Innovation Law Research Program, QUT School of Law

Professor Mike O’Connor AM

Head of Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Western Sydney University; Conjoint Senior Lecturer Women's and Children's Health, University of New South Wales

Helen Turnbull

Special Counsel - Professional Conduct, Avant

when & where

06 - 07 Mar 2019

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

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