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Medico Legal Congress

Informa’s Annual Medico Legal Congress is Australia’s longest running event for medical and legal professionals.
9 – 10 March 2017 | Swissotel, Sydney

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The 2017 congress features an impressive line-up of well informed and knowledgeable speakers, and will cover a new range of complex and thought-provoking medico legal issues.

We are delighted to announce Associate Professor Harvey Newnham, Director of General Medicine at Alfred Health will present a keynote address, Targeting Zero Harm in Victorian Hospitals- A Physician’s View of the Key Implications from the Review of Hospital Safety and Quality Assurance in Victoria.

Dr Jan Hodgson PhD, Academic Researcher and Lecturer from the University of Melbourne, and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute will also present a keynote address discussing, Medical Communication after Prenatal Testing for Down Syndrome.

Key topics to be addressed:

  • The Emergency Department: A Laboratory for Error
  • Medicinal Cannabis | The Law and its Ethical Implications
  • Increased Regulation for Cosmetic Surgery
  • PRIVACY AND SECURITY CHALLENGES | Health in the Age of the Internet of Things
  • Birth – Why Don’t We Just Tell the Truth?
  • INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION | Mental Health Issues and Health Practitioners
  • Regulating Innovation | How can we Protect Patients and Encourage Medical Advancement?
  • RESEARCH | Identifying Medico-Legal Risks of Ageing Practitioners
  • Memories, Light the Corner of my Mind……Or Do They?
  • CASE STUDY | ‘Special Medical Procedures’ and a Parent’s Ability to Consent to Surgery on Behalf of their Child
  • The Latest Disciplinary Perspectives: Recent Regulatory Reviews, Revalidation and Risk-Based Regulation – How the System Might Look in 5 Years?
  • Liability of Expert Witnesses
  • The “Quality Formula”
  • CLOSING DEBATE | Current Medico Legal Issues will be Debated from Medical, Legal Governance and Patient Perspectives using Hypothetical Scenarios

To view all approved presentations from the congress, follow the link

Please note that some speaker presentations are confidential and will not be made available.




Vinay S Rane

Consultant OBGYN and Lawyer, Melbourne Mothers and Monash University

Harvey Newnham

Director of General Medicine, Alfred Health

Dr Andrew Walby

Director of Emergency Medicine, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne

Kate Gillman

Head of Medico Legal Advisory Service, Avant Mutual Group

Ruanne Brell

Medico Legal Adviser, Avant Mutual Group

Tina Cockburn

Australian Centre for Health Law Research, QUT Faculty of Law, Brisbane

Bill Madden

Special Counsel, Carroll & O'Dea Lawyers

Anne Shortall

Principal Lawyer, Slater and Gordon Lawyers

Amber Moore

MB BS FRANZCOG LLB (Hons) (also completing MLM), Royal Women’s Hospital and St Vincent’s Private Hospital Melbourne

Assoc Prof Bernadette Richards

Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide

Sarah Lark

Special Counsel, MinterEllison


Janine McIlwraith

Principal Lawyer, Slater and Gordon Lawyers

Jan Hodgson PhD

Academic Researcher and Lecturer, Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne, and Genetics Education and Health Research, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Louise Cantrill

Partner, Henry Davis York

Matthew McMillan

Partner, Henry Davis York

Laura A Thomas

Senior Research Assistant, Law and Public Health Unit, Centre for Health Policy, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne

Mark Birbeck

Partner, HBA Legal

Will Goodheart

Solicitor, HBA Legal

Timothy Bowen

Senior Solicitor – Advocacy, Claims & Education, MIGA

Dr John Short

Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Christchurch Women’s Hospital

Belinda Epstein

Senior Associate, Catherine Henry Lawyers


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Kate Twentyman
Conference Manager

Samantha Lister
Sponsorship & Exhibition Manager
+61 2 9080 4432

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