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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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Speakers

Dr Jamie Orchard

General Counsel, AHPRA

Adam Clements

Associate, Melinda Griffiths Lawyers

Alice Robinson

Director and Principal Lawyer, Polaris Lawyers

Dr Roger Levy

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

Ruanne Brell

Senior Legal Advisor, Avant

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

Immediate 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

Agenda

8:30 am

Registration & Morning Coffee

9:00 am

DAY ONE OPENING

9:05 am

Opening Remarks From the Chair

Justine Anderson, Senior Associate, Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers

9:10 am

OPENING ADDRESS | Disability Royal Commission: The Interface of Health Systems and the Law

Kate Eastman AM SC,

9:45 am

Cosmetic Surgery Update Post 1st July 2023: what will happen next?

Dr Jamie Orchard, General Counsel, AHPRA

10:15 am

  • Applications of AI in the medico-legal sector
  • Ethical and legal considerations when implementing AI
  • Future of AI in the sector

10:45 am

Networking Break & Morning Tea

11:15 am

  • The challenges around risk
  • Why is this important to uphold this?
  • Good clinical governance and preventable medical errorDr Roger Levy

11:45 am

  • Brief overview of environmental health (EH)
  • Discussion on some past EH medico-legal cases
  • Discussion on complexity, limitations & likely plaintiffs

12:15 pm

Recent Developments in the Standard of Care in Medical Negligence Cases

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

12:45 pm

Networking Lunch

2:30 pm

  • Forum/Venue issues arising from telehealth where the doctor and patient are in different states
  • Impacts on damages calculations/claims arising from these issues
  • Online Health Delivery Platforms, Australian Consumer Law, and Choice of Law
  • Navigating jurisdictional issues

3:00 pm

Afternoon Tea & Networking Break

3:30 pm

  • Complying with medicolegal duty of care
  • Accountability if/when harm occurs may need to be shared
  • Regulation and Governance of AI in healthcare will require an interdisciplinary approach

4:00 pm

Implementation of Victoria's Statutory Duty of Candour Legislation in a Regional Health Service

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

4:30 pm

  • The approach of tribunals when dealing with witnesses in matters involving allegations of sexual misconduct compared with the approach of criminal courts when dealing with allegations of sexual offences
  • Some recent tribunal decisions dealing with allegations of sexual misconduct
  • Dealing with allegations of asexual misconduct – a blueprint for protection
  • The practical support offered to those witnesses most directly affected by the allegations

5:10 pm

Closing Remarks from Chair

5:15 pm

Networking Drinks

6:10 pm

DAY 1 CONCLUDES

8:30 am

Registration & Morning Coffee

9:00 am

DAY TWO OPENING

9:05 am

Opening Remarks From the Chair

Dr Reece Adler, Doctor in Training Medical Adviser, Avant, Emergency Registrar, RPA Hospital

9:10 am

  • What’s unique about the NSW VAD Act
  • What does this mean for health care workers in NSW
  • Highlight some challenges for VAD providers in Australia

9:45 am

  • Findings from NSW Parliamentary inquiry into Birth Trauma
  • RANZCOG developed and published Guidelines on Informed Birth
  • Will consent and birth trauma are the next big thing in obstetric law?

10:30 am

  • How/when they happen
  • Why they are important in certain jurisdictions
  • Unlawful detentions in hospital

11:00 am

Networking Break & Morning Tea

11:30 am

Considerations in Pre-Emergency Aeromedical Care

12:00 pm

  • Overview of the VAD process in Australia
  • Key differences between jurisdictions
  • Some insight into what is happening in practice

12:30 pm

  • Mental health regimes – aim of psychiatric inpatient care and principle of least restrictive care
  • Mental health legislation and caselaw
  • Managing and appearing at mental health inquiries – roles of lawyers and doctors
  • Association between scheduled psychiatric patients and suicide
  • Negligence claims arising from psychiatric admissions

1:00 pm

Networking Lunch

2:00 pm

  • Complaints and how they unfold
  • Open disclosure and what to do if the process breaks down
  • Tips for managing complaints effectively

2:30 pm

CLOSING ADDRESS

3:10 pm

Closing Remarks from Chair

3:15 pm

CONGRESS CONCLUDES

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exhibitors

Partners

Pricing

Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$2895+GST
Virtual Pass$2795+GST
Extras Price
Streamly Access Pass $150+GST
Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$2095+GST
Virtual Pass$1995+GST
Extras Price
Streamly Access Pass $150+GST

Testimonials

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

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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.

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when & where

19 - 20 Mar 2024

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

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