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On 7 August 2017, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) released the following investigation reports into the major data breach that occurred on 5 September 2016 through the Australian Red Cross Blood Service’s (Blood Service) website:


Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v Reckitt Benckiser (Australia) Pty Ltd [2016] FCAFC 181; Reckitt Benckiser (Australia) Pty Limited v Australian Competition and Consumer Commission [2017] HCASL 86

In the September 2016 edition of our Health Law Bulletin we reported on Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) proceedings against Reckitt Benckiser (Australia) Pty Ltd (RB) and the judgment arising from the first substantive hearing. Since that judgment, there has been an appeal to the Full Federal Court and finally in April 2017, the dismissal of an application for special leave to appeal to the High Court of Australia by RB.


CCTV, videos and photos in health, aged care and retirement living and disability is becoming more of an issue following the increase in the use of social media and disturbing media reports of a “secret camera” capturing the alleged abuse of an elderly man in an Adelaide nursing home in July 2016.


CCTV, videos and photos in health, aged care and retirement living and disability is becoming more of an issue following the increase in the use of social media and disturbing media reports of a “secret camera” capturing the alleged abuse of an elderly man in an Adelaide nursing home in July 2016.


The Neurofen Case - Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v Reckitt Benckiser (Australia) Pty Limited (No 4) [2015] FCA 1408

Most readers of this article would be familiar with the Nurofen specific pain products, each being labelled Nurofen Back Pain, Period Pain, Migraine Pain, or Tension Headache, as these products have been marketed in that manner in Australia since about 2006.


Cannabis, as a narcotic, is currently regulated under a myriad of Commonwealth and State laws, including the following:

  • Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (Cth);
  • Narcotic Drugs Act 1967 (Cth);
  • State and Territory laws, including the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 (NSW);
  • State and Territory laws which deal with poisons and therapeutic goods, such as Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966 (NSW); and
  • Access to Medicinal Cannabis Act 2016 (Vic).


Biggs v George [2016] NSWCA 113; Hinton v Alpha Westmead Private Hospital [2016] FCAFC 107


Until 27 February 2017, CDC funding for home care is provided to places as allocated to Approved Providers via the Aged Care Approval Rounds (ACAR).


What is consumer directed care?


With an increasing aging population and decreasing financial resources, innovation is essential in improving health care delivery and patient outcomes.


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