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Medico Legal Congress

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

1-2 March 2018 | Swissotel Sydney

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We are delighted to announce that the 27th Annual Medico Legal Congress will continue to feature wonderfully credentialed speakers, addressing complex and thought-provoking medico legal issues.

Our 2018 Congress Keynote Addresses:
National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for Health Professions
Kym Ayscough, Executive Director, Regulatory Operations, AHPRA

Compliance or Culture? Towards Targeting Zero or Improving Quality
Professor Euan Wallace AM, Chief Executive, Safer Care Victoria

Voluntary Assisted Dying
Nicholas Cowdery AM QC, Adjunct Professor of Law and former Director of Public Prosecutions for NSW

Sexual Misconduct Allegations in Medical Practice – Protecting Patients and Treating Doctors Fairly
Professor Ron Paterson, Professor of Law, University of Auckland and Independent Reviewer of the Use of Chaperones to Protect Patients in Australia

Other engaging and informative topics to be addressed include:

  • Mapping the Contours of Complaint Risk Across the Health and Legal Professions
  • Swimming Against the Tide – Parent Refusal of Treatment
  • Psychiatrists’ Liability for Violent Acts by Patients – Recent Coronial and Civil Decisions
  • Documentation – The Doctor’s Sword and Shield
  • Help! I have a Letter from AHPRA: An In-Depth Examination of How your MDO can Assist
  • A Review of Recent Inquiries Involving Fetal Deaths, Lessons to be Learned and Review of the Nature and Scope of the Duty to Warn and Informed Consent
  • COSMETIC SURGERY | Outcomes from Disappointment to Negligence
    What Does the Use of Social Media mean in Clinical Areas? How do you Control it?
  • Sexual Harassment in the Medical Profession
  • A Turf War: Conventional v Complementary Medicine and its Impact on Legal Claims
  • The Dentistry/Law Interface – Facts, Misconceptions and Trends in Disciplinary and Civil Issues
  • Whose Duty of Care is it Anyway?
  • AI Developments in Healthcare

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agenda

8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

9:00 am

—— What the numbers say – Annual double digit percentage
increases in notifications and how we are responding
—— What the practitioners say – How it feels to be the subject of a
notification and how we are responding
—— What the notifiers say – How it feels to be a notifier and how we
are responding
—— What the legislators say – Amendments to the Health Practitioner
Regulation National Law decided and in contemplation

9:40 am

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Compliance or Culture? Towards Targeting Zero or Improving Quality

Professor Euan Wallace AM, Chief Executive, Safer Care Victoria

10:20 am

—— Who is at highest risk of being named in a complaint to a regulator?
—— How does practice context influence complaint risk?
—— What role do patients, peers, and employers play as sources of
complaint?
—— What are the implications for the health and legal professions?

11:00 am

Morning refreshments and networking break

11:30 am

One of the most challenging situations for a clinical team is when the parents of child with a treatable condition refuse treatment. Most often with mediation the issues can be resolved – but not always. These cases are highly emotive and stressful for everyone involved. With the advent of social media ongoing negative exposure from inappropriate posts can impact on other patients and their families and adds further to the challenges faced by the clinical team. This presentation will discuss the challenges and lessons learnt from recent cases.

12:10 pm

CASE STUDY | Psychiatrists’ Liability for Violent Acts by Patients – Recent Coronial and Civil Decisions

Associate Professor Tina Cockburn, Australian Centre for Health Law Research, QUT Faculty of Law, Brisbane

Bill Madden, Special Counsel, Carroll & O'Dea Lawyers

12:50 pm

—— What you do is your first line of defence
—— What document is your second line of defence?
—— How to avoid falling on your sword?

1:30 pm

Lunch and networking break

2:30 pm

The lifecycle of an AHPRA notification from the perspective of an MDO in-house legal and risk management team, including case studies covering a variety of topical issues such as mandatory reporting, advertising, medical records and dealing with cautions and conditions.

3:30 pm

—— Consideration of the Coronial inquests into the deaths of Samara
Hoy (QLD) and NA (NSW)
—— Lessons to be learned from the above inquests
—— Discussion of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom appeal
decision of Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board (Scotland)
[2015] UKSC 11
—— Review of the nature and scope of the duty to warn and informed
consent

4:10 pm

Afternoon refreshments and networking break

4:30 pm

—— Who can perform cosmetic surgery? What is the difference
between a cosmetic surgeon and plastic surgeon and why does
it matter?
—— A medical industry working with the allure and illusion of beauty
—— When does a disappointing outcome constitute negligence?
—— Case study

5:10 pm

PANEL DISCUSSION | What Does the Use of Social Media mean in Clinical Areas? How do you Control it?

Denise Bowen, Manager, Mediation & Legal Support Services, Child & Adolescent Health Service WA

Dr Andrew Walby, Director of Emergency Medicine, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne

Bill Madden, Special Counsel, Carroll & O'Dea Lawyers

Gae Nuttall, Risk Adviser, MDA National

5:50 pm

Closing Remarks from the Chair

6:00 pm

NETWORKING FUNCTION | Informa invites all speakers and delegates to an informal reception to discuss the day’s issues and network with their peers

8:50 am

OPENING | Opening Remarks from the Chair

9:00 am

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Sexual Misconduct Allegations in Medical Practice – Protecting Patients and Treating Doctors Fairly

Professor Ron Paterson, Professor of Law, University of Auckland and Independent Reviewer of the Use of Chaperones to Protect Patients in Australia

9:40 am

When and how we die are unknown to most of us, but some who suffer greatly would like to be able to choose. The issue of voluntary assisted dying remains alive in Australia and elsewhere and both medicine and the law have stakes in the resolution of the issues that arise. This paper will explore the current state of play and some questions that remain.

11:00 am

Morning refreshments and networking break

11:30 am

—— How is sexual harassment defined, in Australian law, institutionally, and in the community?
—— How does sexual harassment manifest in medical contexts?
—— What are the underlying causes of sexual harassment and why does it remain a problem despite 30 years of prohibition?
—— How should individuals, bystanders and organisations respond to sexual harassment to redress the problem and mitigate legal and reputational risks?

12:20 pm

—— Complementary and alternative medical treatment and standards of care
—— Legal issues flowing from claims against complementary and alternative medical treatment
—— How standards may be derived and what may flow from registration
—— Scope of duty and where is the line drawn?

1:40 pm

Lunch and networking break

2:40 pm

—— Themes in complaints and claims against dentists
—— The old and the new – Data around recurring issues and newer trends
—— Case studies and lessons learned
—— A model of practitioner support – Achieving better outcomes

3:20 pm

CLOSING ADDRESS AI | Developments in Healthcare

Paulina Moncrieff, Special Counsel, Norton Rose Fulbright

4:00 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair and close of congress

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speakers

Kym Ayscough

Executive Director, Regulatory Operations, AHPRA

Professor Euan Wallace AM

Chief Executive, Safer Care Victoria

Adj Prof Nicholas Cowdery AM QC

Institute of Criminology, Sydney University & Former NSW Director of Public Prosecutions

Professor Ron Paterson

Professor of Law, University of Auckland and Independent Reviewer of the Use of Chaperones to Protect Patients in Australia

Dr Marie Bismark

Associate Professor in Law and Public Health, University of Melbourne

Denise Bowen

Manager, Mediation & Legal Support Services, Child & Adolescent Health Service WA

Associate Professor Tina Cockburn

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

Bill Madden

Special Counsel, Carroll & O'Dea Lawyers

Dr Andrew Walby

Director of Emergency Medicine, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne

Gae Nuttall

Risk Adviser, MDA National

Julie Brooke-Cowden

Manager, Claims & Advisory Services (NSW), MDA National

Puja Menon

Claims Manager (Solicitor), MDA National

Sarah Lark

Special Counsel, MinterEllison

Anna Capsanis

Associate, MinterEllison

Ngaire Watson

Barrister, Sir Owen Dixon Chambers

Professor Ben Mathews

Principal Research Fellow, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Director, Children’s Health Program, Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health

Professor Paula McDonald

QUT Business School and Director of the Work/Industry Futures Research Program, QUT

Awash Prasad

Associate, Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law, Slater and Gordon Lawyers

Associate Professor Bernadette Richards

Associate Dean, Research Director, Research Unit for the Study of Society, Ethics & the Law (RUSSEL), Adelaide Law School, The University of Adelaide

Marianne Nicolle

Principal, Meridian Lawyers

Dr Craig Brown

Consultant, ADA NSW Advisory Services

Paulina Moncrieff

Special Counsel, Norton Rose Fulbright

when & where

01 - 02 Mar 2018

Swissôtel Sydney
68 Market St, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone:(02) 9238 8888
www.swissotel.com/hotels/sydney

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