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Annual Obstetric Malpractice Conference

Facilitating constructive discussion and debate around the legal, ethical and medical issues surrounding conception, pregnancy and birth

22-23 August 2019 | Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne

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EARLY BIRD RATE (SAVE $500) EXPIRES 28 JUNE 2019 // SEE PRICING BELOW

overview

The Annual Obstetric Malpractice Conference is the premier event of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region covering key medico legal obstetric issues and recent cases. It offers unique networking opportunities between top obstetricians, midwives, neonatal staff, barristers and other legal professionals making it a key event on the obstetric, midwifery and legal calendar.

FEATURING KEYNOTE ADDRESSES:

Using medico-legal claims to inform healthcare improvement
Prof Euan Wallace, Carl Wood Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Monash University and CEO, Safer Care Victoria

Doctor wellbeing, medical errors, and patient outcomes-Time for action
Dr. Steve Robson, Past-President, RANZCOG and Co-Founder, Send Hope and Member, ANHMRC

OTHER TOPICS TO BE ADDRESSED INCLUDE:

  • Using medico-legal claims to inform healthcare improvement
  • Doctor wellbeing, medical errors, and patient outcomes-Time for action
  • Newborn resuscitation and care-What’s new and how does it relate to outcomes
  • Informed consent in New Zealand
  • Health advice by fraudulent practitioners and unrecognised persons: Challenges posed by individuals and organisations
  • Recent state reviews of assisted reproduction and surrogacy legislation: regulation in a rapidly changing environment
  • Full dilatation caesarean sections: Difficulties and potential risks
  • Preeclampsia screening, treatment, and long-term implications-Who is responsible?
  • Fatal complications: The role of the coroner
  • PANEL DISCUSSION | Informed consent-Getting it right
  • PANEL DISCUSSION | Stillbirth – Are we not yet at the point where no woman over 35yrs should be allowed to go post-dates?

 


RANZCOG
The conference has been approved as a RANZCOG Approved O & G Meeting and eligible Fellows of this College can claim 12 CPD hours for full attendance.

 


Australian College of Neonatal Nurses
CPD Recognised Activity Day 1 & Day 2 – 12 CPD hours

 


Australian College of Midwives
CPD Recognised Activity Day 1 & Day 2 – 12 CPD hours

exhibitors

Partners

agenda

8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Janine McIlwraith, Principal Lawyer, Slater and Gordon

9:00 am

  • Showing the distribution of obstetric claims from a large Australian maternity service using the NHS Resolution claims taxonomy to show
  • Discuss the limitations of the NHS Resolution taxonomy in targeting healthcare improvement
  • Offer a revised taxonomy suitable for Australian obstetric services

9:40 am

Newborn Infant resuscitation known unknowns and unknown unknowns

Dr Mark Tracy, Senior Staff Specialist & Head of Research, Westmead NICU & Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics and Child Health, The University of Sydney

10:20 am

Health advice by fraudulent practitioners and unrecognised persons: Challenges posed by individuals and organisations

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

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

11:00 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:30 am

An update on the clinical conundrum of best practice for women with decreased fetal movement

Vicki Flenady, Honorary Professor, Mater Research Institute-UQ, Faculty of Medicine

12:05 pm

  • This talk discusses the recent reviews of assisted reproduction and surrogacy legislation in NSW, South Australia and Western Australia.
  • It will highlight the findings of the respective reviews regarding current ethical, legal and social issues raised by such practices and recommendations for regulation in this rapidly changing environment.

1:15 pm

Lunch and networking break

2:15 pm

  • PROMPT was developed by Prof Tim Draycott and his team at Bristol and Southmead NHS Trust as a train the trainer simulation program to improve team work and communication in obstetric emergencies
  • The PROMPT roll out has had a major impact on medical indemnity claims in Obstetrics – showing a reduction of 64% over 15 years of claims experience
  • The findings of the VMIA commissioned evaluation of the PROMPT program in the first 25 hospitals that joined the program since 2010
  • Towards sustainability of PROMPT

3:25 pm

Networking and refreshment break

3:50 pm

  • Overview of current perinatal issues including maternal death reports with suicide being most common cause and increasing
  • Case studies will be presented from a LHD in Sydney reflecting on implications of maternity psychosocial screening, referral pathways, documentation concerns and maternity clinician competency.
  • Conceptual plan to formalize inter professional perinatal psychosocial education as mandatory 3-year training.

5:15 pm

CLOSING | Networking Function

8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Dimitra Dubrow, National Head of Medical Negligence, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

9:00 am

  • It is now clear that doctors are at high risk of burnout, mental and other health problems that commonly are under-treated
  • These problems are associated with worse patient outcomes, medical errors, and poor workplace culture
  • It is likely that current specialty College selection processes actually select for junior doctors who are at greatest risk of these conditions

9:40 am

  • Why coroners investigate sudden death and how they do it
  • Case studies
  • Can we do better?

10:20 am

  • The role of coronial recommendations and comments
  • Implementation and enforcement of recommendations
  • Procedural fairness and advocacy

10:55 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:25 am

12:00 pm

PANEL DISCUSSION | Stillbirth – Are we not yet at the point where no woman over 35yrs should be allowed to go post-dates?

Janine McIlwraith, Principal Lawyer, Slater and Gordon

Dr Stephen Cole, Obstetrician & Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, Royal Women's Hospital and Epworth Healthcare

Vicki Flenady, Honorary Professor, Mater Research Institute-UQ, Faculty of Medicine

12:45 pm

Lunch and networking break

1:45 pm

  • A consumer Code of Rights in New Zealand enshrines a Statutory right to informed consent and establishes a regime for a Health and Disability Commissioner (HDC) to address consumer complaints
  • The principles of informed consent are considered in the context of a complaints regime that emphasises consumer rights but rarely results in monetary awards against health practitioners
  • This presentation analyses HDC opinions on informed consent cases and the various outcomes that may ensue for practitioner and consumer including apologies, recommendations for further education and referral to registration authorities

2:20 pm

  • Reproductive carrier screening has been possible from the 1970s for haemoglobinopathies and Tay Sachs disease and it now possible to screen for many 100s of autosomal and X-linked recessive conditions.
  • RANZCOG has released new guidelines that recommend that women and couples are offered reproductive carrier screening.
  • Options for how to order reproductive carrier screening will be discussed as will Mackenzie’s Mission, a research project where 10,000 couples will be screened for more than 1000 autosomal and X-linked conditions

2:55 pm

  • Summary of current literature on ageing and medical practice
  • Findings from my research into the governance of surgeons in Australia and overseas
  • How the current regulatory framework addresses (or fails to address) this issue, and what are the risks going forward?

3:30 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

3:40 pm

END OF CONFERENCE

pricing

Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$2695+GSTEarly Bird
Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$2095+GSTEarly Bird
  • EARLY BIRD RATE EXPIRES 28 JUNE 2019

 

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

Janine McIlwraith

Principal Lawyer, Slater and Gordon

Prof Euan Wallace

Carl Wood Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Monash University and CEO, Safer Care Victoria

Dr Mark Tracy

Senior Staff Specialist & Head of Research, Westmead NICU & Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics and Child Health, The University of Sydney

Bill Madden

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

Associate Professor Tina Cockburn

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

Vicki Flenady

Honorary Professor, Mater Research Institute-UQ, Faculty of Medicine

Sonia Allan OWM CF

Associate Professor (Health Law), Deakin University

A/Prof Chris Georgiou

Director of Obstetrics, Eastern Health, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Women's Health Education and Research Lead, Monash University, Eastern Health Clinical School, Clinical Associate Professor Graduate School of Medicine, Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health, University of Wollongong, New South Wales.

Ursula Harrisson

Senior Risk Adviser – Medical Indemnity Program, Victorian Managed Insurance Authority

Dr Owen Stock

Staff Specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Royal Women's Hospital, Parkville, VIC

Dr Amanda Henry

Clinical Academic Obstetrician, Women's and Children's Health, St George Hospital and UNSW Sydney and Senior Research Fellow, Global Women's Health, The George Institute for Global Health

Louise Everitt

Clinical Midwifery Consultant, Complex Pregnancy Care, St George Hospital and Honorary Associate, UTS

Ngaire Watson

Barrister, Second Floor Selborne Chambers

Dr Amber Moore

Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, St Vincent’s Private Hospital & The Epworth Freemasons Hospital & Consultant Gynaecologist, The Royal Womens Hospital

A/ Prof Edward Weaver OAM

SMO O&G and Head, UQ Sunshine Coast Clinical School, Sunshine Coast University Hospital

Dimitra Dubrow

National Head of Medical Negligence, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

Dr. Steve Robson

Past-President, RANZCOG and Co-Founder, Send Hope and Member, NHMRC

Hugh Dillon

(ex-Deputy State Coroner, NSW)

Dr Ian Freckelton

Queen's Counsel, Victorian Bar

Dr Stephen Cole

Obstetrician & Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, Royal Women's Hospital and Epworth Healthcare

Carla Humphrey

LLB Legal Advisor, New Zealand College of Midwives

Professor Martin Delatycki

Co-Director, Bruce Lefroy Centre, Murdoch Children's Research Institute; Medical Director, Victorian Clinical Genetics Services

Dr. Rupert Sherwood

Head of Gynecology, Sunshine Hospital, Melbourne

when & where

22 - 23 Aug 2019

Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne
328 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: (03) 9250 1888

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