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Australian Health Law Bulletin (newsletter)
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2017
Volume 25 No 5 — July 2017
Foreign court of appeal strikes out claim for “involuntary parenthood” — PP v DD
An issue of intent: Zaburoni v R
Pain relief and palliative care at home in focus
Volume 25 No 4 — June 2017
Australian Medical Association — revised Code of Ethics
Failure to make a timely diagnosis of a malignant melanoma — Muller v King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Costs in QCAT disciplinary proceedings: has the landscape changed?
Protecting vulnerable patients with mental illness; Coroner finds suicide death in hospital to have been avoidable
Employer’s request for blood and urine samples: assault or negligence? — Pere v Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service
Conservative treatment following radiological findings of primary diverticulitis: South Metropolitan Health Service v Westcott
Volume 25 No 3 — May 2017
Communication skills in health care
Roane-Spray v Queensland: no immunity for State of Queensland
Inquest into the death of Shona Hookey — a young woman with an acute life threatening condition and with no speech; challenges for carers, paramedics, and emergency department medical and nursing staff
Volume 25 No 2 — April 2017
Foreign court grants summary judgment in class action against practitioner for inadequate infection control practices — Levac v James
Revalidation for the medical profession? The what, why and how
An update on substitute decision making for participation in medical research
The tension between patient autonomy and clinical advice: the inquest into the death of baby NA
Volume 25 No 1 — February 2017
Medical emergency treatment calls: inquest into the death of Hasibuan
Comcare v Martin: Compensation for your boss’s decisions at work?
Refusal of medical treatment by a prisoner
Investigation into the death of C, a child aged 14 — an opportunity to review the management of complex medical needs and care in less acute health care settings
2016
Volume 24 No 10 — December 2016
A cautionary tale: failing to record an informed consent discussion and Good Medical Practice: A Code of Conduct for Doctors in Australia
Till death do us part — burial rights and the law revisited — Arfaras v Vosnakis
Re A (A Child): futile treatment — coping with parental pressure to continue treatment
Court orders child commence palliative care: an update on Oshin Kiszko’s case
Volume 24 No 9 — October 2016
What’s the standard? Mental illness and negligence claims
Suicide risk assessment and the importance of collateral and corroborative enquiries
What we can learn from the death of Sheila Drysdale: a review of the Coroner’s Inquest
Volume 24 No 8 — September 2016
Separating the duty of care owed by a visiting medical officer and a hospital — Stefanyszyn v Brown; Brown v Newcastle Private Hospital
When a study is not a clinical trial — trials and intersections with the Guardianship Act
Consent and informed decision-making: Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service v Q
Wright v Minister for Health — finding the balance between surgical and conservative treatment of calcaneal fractures
Volume 24 No 7 — August 2016
Risk warnings and language barriers
Downes v Affinity Health Pty Ltd: a case off its rails
Addressing systemic shortcomings in psychiatric admissions — inquest into the deaths of Mr Campbell and Mr Williams
“Over-protective” parenting or duress and undue influence — Application of a Local Health District; Re Patient Fay
Volume 24 No 6 — July 2016
Consent, declarations of parentage and offers of settlement: lessons from Re Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (Case G)
Coronial inquest into the death of Jimmy James — highlighting the importance of careful triage in the pathways system
Radiologist’s failure to identify a lesion — Freestone v Murrumbidgee Local Health District
What is more important: the duration of life, or its quality? The question before the court in Director Clinical Services, Child & Adolescent Health Services and Kiszko & Anor
Volume 24 No 5 — June 2016
Treating family and friends — Health Care Complaints Commission v BXD
Guidance on the fluidity of capacity in elderly patients in relation to the provision of informed consent for surgery
Obligations to trainees in specialist programs Sklavos v Australasian College of Dermatologists
Surrogacy and parentage in Western Australia — current perspectives
Volume 24 No 4 — May 2016
Uncertain capacity and termination of pregnancy — working through challenging cases and complex decisions
Considerations for withdrawal of treatment: St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust v P and Q
Care without consent — the administration of forcible medical treatment under a community treatment order: M v Mental Health Review Tribunal
WCH v Mental Health Tribunal — a consideration of the treatment criteria for community treatment orders under the Mental Health Act 2014 (Vic)
Volume 24 No 3 — April 2016
WA Coroner finds communication with carers is the key
The basis for making an interim payment order — Eastbury v Genea Ltd
Wolstencroft v Zola (Human Rights)
Guidance on the observance of NFR orders when an iatrogenic event occurs
Volume 24 No 2 — March 2016
Causation and epidemiological evidence
Choosing your surgeon: Kathleen Jones v Royal Devlon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
The agony of withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment
The capacity to make decisions depends on the decision to be made — In the matter of ER (Mental Health and Guardianship and Management of Property)
Volume 24 No 1 — February 2016
“Who is my parent? Is this my child?” — assisted reproduction and parentage
Whether a failure to diagnose pregnancy may constitute a “service injury” — Hetherington v Department of Defence
A more respectful autopsy? Digital technologies and case law
Human genes cannot be patented: the High Court speaks in D’Arcy v Myriad Genetics Inc
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