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Medico Legal Congress

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

12-13 March 2020 | Radisson Blu Plaza, Sydney

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overview

The 29th Annual Medico Legal Congress returns on 12-13 March 2020 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.

Featuring an opening keynote address:

  • Voluntary Assisted Dying – Victoria at the vanguard
  • The development of voluntary assisted dying in Australia
  • Victoria’s law and its experience to date
  • Challenges for the medico-legal professions

Julian Gardner AM. Former chair, Victoria’s VAD Implementation Taskforce

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Genetic testing in medical negligence cases
  • Beyond Advance Care Directives: Medical treatment planning for the person who lacks an Advance Care Directive
  • Legal liability for nurses and midwives – Complaints and compensation
  • Modelling tumour kinetics to estimate patient prognosis after delayed diagnosis
  • First, do no harm – Causation in medical negligence
  • Difficult issues at the emergency medicine – medicolegal interface
  • Regulation of health practitioners in Australia and the immediate action process
  • Damaging patient comments – Recent case law and what can you do?
  • Data breaches and cyber attacks-Privacy issues for healthcare
  • PANEL DISCUSSION | Birth trauma and litigation
  • PANEL DISCUSSION | End of life decision-making
  • PANEL DISCUSSION | Patient centered care
  • Regulators act in the public interest… so what is that?

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP- Wednesday 11th March 2020 2:00pm-5:00pm

Medical consent in 2020

  • Introduction to medical consent
  • A history of informed medical consent
  • Legal requirements of medical consent + case studies
  • Delivery of consent
  • Modifying risk with improved consent

Dr Rebecca Bronwyn Saunderson, Dermatologist, CEO, Consentic

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agenda

8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

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

9:00 am

  • The development of voluntary assisted dying in Australia
  • Victoria’s law and its experience to date
  • Challenges for the medico-legal professions

9:40 am

  • Approaches to determine tumour size and stage at earlier timepoints
  • Methods to determine prognosis at earlier timepoints
  • Challenges in modelling tumour kinetics

10:15 am

  • Recent decisions
  • Who can be tested and when?
  • Forensic tool or litigation tactic?

10:50 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:20 am

  • Advance Care Directives can be regarded as the ‘gold standard’ for planning for health care in the event of lost capacity
  • There are reasons many people do not complete an Advance Care Directive
  • How can we best honour a person’s own preferences and develop a medical treatment plan with or without an available Advance Care Directive?

11:55 am

  • This presentation will involve a review of recent cases involving claims for compensation and complaints against nurses and midwives, with a focus on common legal “hotspots” and myths and misconceptions about legal liability
  • Complaints data and court judgements will be analysed and constructively discussed and applied to established medico-legal principles
  • Attendees will take away invaluable practical tips and advice regarding common areas of complaint and compensation for nurses and midwives

12:30 pm

Changes in the medical indemnity insurance landscape - Medical indemnity support schemes and MI cover

Michael Bracken, Partner, Colin Biggers & Paisley

1:05 pm

Lunch and networking break

2:05 pm

  • A doctor’s breach of the duty of care owed to a patient does not automatically give rise to a legal claim
  • The patient must also show that the breach caused harm
  • A review of cases demonstrating the importance of the issue of causation

3:30 pm

Networking and refreshment break

3:55 pm

  • In most cases, parents agree with each other on the treatment to be provided to their child but how do we manage the cases where they don’t?
  • What does the law say about what to do when one parent objects to the recommended treatment?
  • How does this play out in practice and what are the ramifications for the clinician, the hospital and, most importantly, the child?

4:30 pm

PANEL DISCUSSION | End of life decision-making

Dr Barbara Hayes, Clinical Leader - Advance Care Planning, Palliative Care Consultant, Northern Health

Julian Gardner AM, Former chair, Victoria's VAD Implementation Taskforce

Professor Anne-Maree Kelly, Director, Joseph Epstein Centre for Emergency Medicine Research and Senior Emergency Physician at Western Health, Melbourne and Professorial Fellow, The University of Melbourne

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

Through a case-based presentation, this session will explore:

  • The medical and medico-legal challenge of patients who choose to discharge themselves against advice from ED
  • The competing rights and responsibilities of clinicians and patients in situations giving rise to occupational violence in ED
  • Balancing limitation of freedom under mental health acts: the use of involuntary status provisions in ED

9:40 am

  • How does a risk-based regulator assess public interest?
  • The intersection of risk assessment and public interest in immediate action considerations
  • The consumer view of public interest – What is published on the national register of practitioners and why

10:15 am

  • What is immediate action and why is it necessary?
  • How the concept of “serious risk” has been interpreted by Courts and Tribunals, with recent examples of immediate actions that have been upheld and overturned
  • What practitioners can expect from the process from a procedural fairness perspective before, during and after the immediate action decision is made

10:50 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:20 am

  • The age of social media means that negative patient comments and reviews are likely to reach a broad audience over a short period of time. This can have a serious impact on the practitioner both personally and from a business perspective
  • This presentation will address recent cases in which health practitioners have commenced legal proceedings against patients making adverse comments as well as the publishers of such comments
  • The presentation will also address steps that practitioners and organisations can take in the event that they are the subject of adverse comments

11:55 am

  • Potential for privacy breaches – Paper based and electronic records
  • Protecting privacy with an EMR
  • How secure is health data from cyber attack?
  • What to do to monitor privacy and in the event of a breach

12:30 pm

If you believe the law to be manifestly unjust what do you do about
it? This presentation discusses:

  • A law we see as unjust and why
  • Case examples of the injustice of the law as it stands
  • Our attempts to have that law changed

1:05 pm

Lunch and networking break

2:55 pm

  • A number of potential medico-legal issues have emerged (such as ownership and privacy) in direct to consumer and DNA testing generally
  • The ability of existing legislation and common law to deal with novel issues such as the ownership of genetic material and remedies for breach of genetic privacy, is limited
  • Discussion of case law and potential case scenarios

3:30 pm

CLOSING ADDRESS | Medical staff burnout: What is it, why we should care and what is being done about it?

Dr Bethan Richards, Chief Medical Wellness Officer, Director WellMD Centre, SLHD & Head, Department of Rheumatology, RPAH & Deputy Director, Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, SLHD

4:05 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

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speakers

Associate Professor Tina Cockburn TEP

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

Julian Gardner AM

Former chair, Victoria's VAD Implementation Taskforce

Professor Stephen B Fox

Director of Pathology, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

David Hirsch

Barrister, 2nd Floor Selborne Chambers

Dr Barbara Hayes

Clinical Leader - Advance Care Planning, Palliative Care Consultant, Northern Health

Nick Mann

Founder and Principal, Polaris Lawyers

Michael Bracken

Partner, Colin Biggers & Paisley

Audrey Bosboom

Barrister, Anthony Mason Chambers

Bill Madden

Special Counsel, Carroll and O'Dea Lawyers

Kylie Agland

Partner, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers

Blaise Lyons

A/ Legal Manager - Health Law, Sydney Local Health District

Dr Andrew Pickering MBChB

LLM(Health), working in Obstetrics and Gynecology on the North Shore & Northern Beaches of Sydney

Annabelle Mann

General Counsel, The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne

Professor Anne-Maree Kelly

Director, Joseph Epstein Centre for Emergency Medicine Research and Senior Emergency Physician at Western Health, Melbourne and Professorial Fellow, The University of Melbourne

Kym Ayscough

Executive Director, Regulatory Operations, AHPRA

Lauren Gandini

Lawyer, Mental Health Law Centre (WA)

Karen Kumar

Barrister, Maurice Byers Chambers

Elizabeth Kennedy

General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Janine McIlwraith

Principal Lawyer, Slater and Gordon

Naty Guerrero-Diaz

Principal Lawyer, Slater and Gordon Lawyers

Richard Laufer

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

Professor Rina Hui

Senior Staff Specialist in Medical Oncology, Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre, Westmead Hospital & Clinical Professor, University of Sydney

Julie Brooke-Cowden

Manager Professional Services, MDA National Insurance

Dr Bethan Richards

Chief Medical Wellness Officer, Director WellMD Centre, SLHD & Head, Department of Rheumatology, RPAH & Deputy Director, Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, SLHD

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP

MEDICAL CONSENT IN 2020

Wednesday 11 March, 2:00pm – 5:00pm

  • Introduction to medical consent
  • A history of informed medical consent
  • Legal requirements of medical consent + case studies
  • Delivery of consent
  • Modifying risk with improved consent

Dr Rebecca Bronwyn Saunderson, Dermatologist, CEO, Consentic

when & where

12 - 13 Mar 2020

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

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