Zara Officer

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Defamation - Absolute Privilege and the Good Faith Protection for Complaints to the NSW Medical Council and Health Care Complaints Commission Hunter v Hanson [2017] NSWCA 164

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 14, 2017 3:49:34 PM / by Zara Officer posted in Health, Aged Care & Life Sciences, Insurance

A recent Court of Appeal decision in a defamation claim has considered the defence of absolute privilege under section 27(2)(d) and Schedule 1, clause 15 of the Defamation Act 2005 (NSW), and the good faith protections for complainants under the Health Care Complaints Act 1993 (NSW) and the former Medical Practice Act 1992 (NSW).

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The Importance of Understanding Your Medical Malpractice & Civil Liability Policy - Updated

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 14, 2017 3:35:49 PM / by Zara Officer posted in Health, Aged Care & Life Sciences, Insurance

AAI Limited (t/as Vero Insurance) v GEO Group Australia Pty Limited [2017] NSWCA 110

A recent Court of Appeal decision confirms the need for healthcare providers to understand their medical malpractice and civil liability policy terms and conditions. The primary decision was the subject of our article in the May 2017 edition of the Health Law Bulletin.

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The Importance of Understanding your Medical Malpractice and Civil Liability Policy

[fa icon="calendar'] May 30, 2017 10:08:38 AM / by Zara Officer posted in Health, Aged Care & Life Sciences

– Mace v Justice and Forensic Health Network; The GEO Group Australia Pty Ltd v AAI Limited t/as Vero Insurance [2016] NSWSC 803

A recent case highlights the need for health care providers to understand their medical malpractice and civil liability policy terms and conditions.

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Federal Court rules in favour of supervisors of trainee psychiatrist in claim for racial discrimination

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 4, 2016 11:17:46 AM / by Zara Officer posted in Health, Aged Care & Life Sciences

– Maiocchi v Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (No.4) [2016] FCA 33

Dr Maiocchi was a trainee psychiatrist on rotation at the Northside Clinic in Greenwich, NSW in the early months of 2010. During her time there, she received an unsatisfactory mid-term evaluation, therefore a remediation plan was prepared and adopted in relation to her performance. Later, a decision was made to terminate her clinical privileges at the Northside Clinic. Dr Maiocchi alleged that these actions were taken unreasonably based upon her race or ethnic origin, and were unlawful under Section 9 of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) (the Act).

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Dr Nitschke and Euthanasia - Nitschke v Medical Board of Australia [2015] NTSC 39

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 4, 2015 4:17:00 PM / by Zara Officer posted in Health, Aged Care & Life Sciences

By Zara Officer, Special Counsel and Vahini Chetty, Associate

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Why Making Appropriate Entries in Medical Records is Important - Smythe v Burgman (No 2) [2015] NSWSC 298

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 4, 2015 9:47:00 AM / by Zara Officer posted in Health, Aged Care & Life Sciences, Insurance, Dispute Resolution and Litigation

The making of appropriate contemporaneous notes in medical records is best practice for clinical care, but also to facilitate the defence of a claim should an adverse event occur.

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Late diagnosis and surgical complications – identifying relevant risk - is the radiologist liable for failing to diagnose? Paul v Cooke

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 28, 2014 11:10:00 AM / by Zara Officer posted in Insurance

Zara Officer, Special Counsel and Vahini Chetty, Associate - See more at: http://www.holmanwebb.com.au/publications/what-is-your-duty-of-care-with-clinical-trials-of-innovative-techniques-and-therapeutic-goods#sthash.nGUyAzYf.dpuf

Mrs Paul underwent a scan to determine whether she had a berry aneurysm in 2003, which her radiologist, Dr Cooke failed to diagnose at the time. In 2006, Mrs Paul underwent a further scan in which the aneurysm was detected.

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