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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

23-24 August 2018 | Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne

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overview

The 10th Anniversary Obstetric Malpractice Conference is the premier event of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region and will continue to cover 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.

OPENING ADDRESS:
What is Required to Strengthen the System for Maternity Care and Change the Way We Think and Feel?

Adjunct Professor Tanya Farrell, Executive Director – Nursing and Midwifery, The Royal Women’s Hospital
Bree Bulle, Director, Regional Maternal and Perinatal Mortality and Morbidity Committees, The Royal Women’s Hospital

KEYNOTE ADDRESSES:
Child Death Obstetric Cases -The Impact of the Coronial Process on Families as well as Those Involved in the Care

  • John Lock, Deputy State Coroner, Coroners Court of Queensland

An Update on Midwifery Standards and Guidelines

  • Associate Professor Lynette Cusack, RM, RN, Chair, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
  • Tanya Vogt, Executive Director, AHPRA

Topics include:

  • Balancing Patient Expectations vs Reality
  • Obstetric Consent, Information and Autonomy
  • Trends in Obstetric Medicolegal Claims at Victoria’s Largest Maternity Service
  • The UK Case of Dr Bawa-Garba – Could This Happen in Australia?
  • Incentivising Better Patient Safety
  • PANEL DISCUSSION | Big Babies and Medico Legal Risks
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Related Injuries
  • Strategies and Legal Obligations in Dealing with an Impaired Colleague
  • The Limits of Consent and Risk of Criminal Charges
  • Maternal Birth Trauma: What Does It Mean for Plaintiff and Defendant?
  • Continuity of Midwifery Care as a Means to Improve Both Quality and Safety

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8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Associate Professor Vinay S Rane, Obstetrician, Gynaecologist and Lawyer, Melbourne

9:00 am

  •  Our journey to improve regional and rural maternity services in Victoria
  •  What strategies can strengthen the systems of clinical governance?
  •  What can be standardised in the process for case review at a rural and regional level?
  •  What we are seeing so far- Areas for improvement and strategies used to strengthen the system

9:40 am

  •  A brief discussion of the claims environment at Monash Health
  •  An overview of the methodology used to interrogate medicolegal claims
  •  Trends of claim rates, and distribution of claim content over 5 years at Monash Health
  •  Applications of medicolegal claims data for quality and safety improvement

10:20 am

  • Definition, types and causation of prolapse
  • Clinical manifestations of prolapse
  • The treatment options and the complications of the various treatment options
  • The appropriate standard of care

11:00 am

Networking and refreshment break

12:10 pm

Delivering Big Babies is a challenge for obstetricians and midwives and can be a legal minefield. If things go wrong there is the potential for serious injuries to both mother and baby.

  •  What are the red flags?
  •  What information needs to be provided to mothers as to the risks of delivering a large baby vaginally?
  •  What decisions need to be made along the way to ensure a good outcome?
  •  What needs to be documented as to the decisions being made?

1:10 pm

Lunch and networking break

2:10 pm

Insurers and clinicians want the same thing – good outcomes for mothers and babies. Providing rebates to maternity hospitals to promote skills development in fetal surveillance and emergency skills reduces harm to mothers and babies and improves outcomes. This session provides an overview on an initiative to incentivise and sustain good practices to improve care.

2:50 pm

  •  Negligence and stillbirth
  •  Failure to warn and monitor for reduced foetal movements
  •  A case history
  •  Psychiatric injury in parents following stillbirth

3:30 pm

CASE STUDY | Strategies and Legal Obligations in Dealing with an Impaired Colleague

Helen Turnbull, Special Counsel - Professional Conduct, Avant

4:10 pm

Networking and refreshment break

4:35 pm

The Exceptional Experience- Are Patient Expectations Out of Control?

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

5:15 pm

FACILITATED Q & A FIRESIDE CHAT | Transvaginal Mesh Litigation Update

Jan Saddler, National Principal and Manager, Shine Lawyers’ Class Actions Practice

HP Dietz MD PhD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Sydney

5:45 pm

CLOSING | 10th Anniversary Networking Function

8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chai

9:00 am

  •  An overview of Midwifery regulation in Australia
  •  Update on the Midwifery Professional Practice Framework including the revised practice standards 2018

9:40 am

The case of a junior doctor in the UK whom, as a result of her clinical care of a young boy, was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence. This presentation will look at:

  •  The facts, the fiction, the disciplinary & criminal proceedings
  •  The history of criminal prosecution of Drs in Australia
  •  The UK law vs Australian law
  •  If this had occurred in Australia would the same outcome have resulted?

10:20 am

FACILITATED Q & A FIRESIDE CHAT

Associate Professor Lynette Cusack, RM, RN, Chair, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

10:40 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:10 am

  •  Examination of a number of recent inquests and findings
  •  Concerns about the impact on families and witnesses involved in the coronial process
  •  Can we do better?
  •  Examples of how this can be addressed

11:50 am

  •  Legalisation of medical cannabis in 29 States in the US has generally (21/29) been followed by use in pregnancy to control hyperemesis gravidarum -because nausea is a commonly approved indication
  •  In Australia medicinal cannabis will be prescribed as a Schedule 8 drug with mostly strict indications and that does not include hyperemesis gravidarum
  •  A major pregnancy effect is on suppression of cytotrophoblast growth causing IUGR & stunted height
  •  Brain effects include impaired childhood higher cognitive functioning and decreased perceptual organisation, reduced memory and verbal ability

12:30 pm

  • Overwhelming evidence that points to continuity of midwifery care being safe/effective
  • Possible reasons why this type of care is not more widely implemented in Australia
  • What is being done/what more can be done to promote continuity of midwifery care
  • Medico-legal implications of continuity of midwifery care

1:10 pm

Lunch and networking break

2:10 pm

  •  There is a greater awareness of obstetric trauma in the population: Levator tears and anal sphincter tears – 80% currently unrecognised and undiagnosed
  •  Recent changes in case law extend the lessons of Rogers vs Whitaker to Obstetrics
  •  The combination of a greater risk of trauma, changes in obstetric practice, greater awareness of consequences, better diagnosis and changed case law means ‘the perfect storm’ for obstetricians in terms of medicolegal risk

2:50 pm

Newborn Resuscitation & Care – What’s New and How Does It Relate to Outcomes?

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

3:30 pm

  • The legal limits of consent
  • The impact and vulnerability to criminal charges, and where consent fails
  • “Reasonable” medical decisions and criminal charges
  • What’s changed post Patel

4:00 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

4:10 pm

End of Conference

pricing

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The conference has been approved as a RANZCOG Approved O & G Meeting and eligible Fellows of this College can claim 13.5 CPD Points for full attendance.

  Australian College of Midwives CPD Recognised Activity

Event Pricing

  • Early Bird rate $2,195 + GST (SAVE $500) // Expires 23 June 2018
  • Standard rate: $2,695 + GST – from 24 June 2018
  • Special Price Discount for Group Bookings
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speakers

Associate Professor Vinay S Rane

Obstetrician, Gynaecologist and Lawyer, Melbourne

Tanya Farrell

Executive Director, Nursing and Midwifery, The Royal Women's Hospital

Bree Bulle

Director, Regional Maternal and Perinatal Mortality and Morbidity Committees, The Royal Women's Hospital

Ben Nowotny

MBBS-PhD Candidate, Monash University & Honorary, Safer Care Victoria

Andrew Korda AM

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

Bill Madden

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

Associate Professor Tina Cockburn

Australian Centre for Health Law Research

Janine McIlwraith

Principal Lawyer, Slater and Gordon

Anne Shortall

Principal Lawyer, Slater and Gordon Lawyers

Dr Christine Catling

Director of Midwifery Studies, University of Technology Sydney

Michael Regos

Partner, DLA Piper

Dr Amber Moore

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

Liz Cox

Head of Medical Indemnity Risk, VMIA

Ngaire Watson

Barrister, Second Floor Selborne Chambers

Helen Turnbull

Special Counsel - Professional Conduct, Avant

Jan Saddler

National Principal and Manager, Shine Lawyers’ Class Actions Practice

HP Dietz MD PhD

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Sydney

Associate Professor Lynette Cusack

RM, RN, Chair, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

Tanya Vogt

Executive Officer, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

John Lock

Deputy State Coroner, Coroners Court of Queensland

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

Dr Mark Tracy

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

Kylie Hillard

Barrister, Griffith Chambers

when & where

23 - 24 Aug 2018

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

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