• Ask the Expert: 
    an online event

    COVID-19: Supporting Victorian doctors

  • An online information session to help you navigate the evolving situation in Victoria

    Keeping up to date with ongoing developments during the COVID-19 health crisis can be difficult and stressful. But as a practitioner, you need to know how these changes impact you, your practice and your patients.

    As part of Avant’s commitment to supporting the medical community, we gathered together some of our top advisers for a live panel event, giving an overview of current COVID-19 advice in Victoria and a Q&A segment.

    A replay of this webinar is now available.


    The one-hour panel information session includes:

    • • current COVID-19 advice from Avant’s medico-legal advisers
    • • Avant claims data on COVID-19 related matters
    • • common employment and staffing issues during the pandemic
    • • A member question and answer segment.
  • About the experts

    Ms Georgie Haysom
    Head of Advocacy, Education and Research, Avant

    Georgie is the Head of Research, Education and Advocacy at the medical indemnity insurer Avant. She is a lawyer and has worked in health law for over 25 years, assisting and advising doctors on a wide range of medico-legal issues.

    Ms Sonya Black
    Special Counsel, Employment – Medico-legal Advisory Service, Avant

    As Avant's Special Counsel, Employment, Sonya Black advises doctors and medical practices across Australia about a broad range of employment issues. She has over 20 years’ experience as an employment lawyer, including over ten years advising about employment issues in public hospitals and private medical practice.

    Dr Jack Marjot
    Advanced Trainee in Emergency Medicine and Medical Adviser – Advocacy, Education and Research, Avant

    Dr Marjot is an Advanced Trainee in Emergency Medicine in Sydney and works as a Medical Adviser at Avant. He has been focusing on COVID-19 and its effects on doctors on an individual and healthcare level.

    Dr Melanie Hattotuwa
    Victorian GP and Avant member

    Dr Melanie Hattotuwa is a GP and practice principle in a busy practice in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. She juggles caring for her two young children while working at the practice. She has a special interest in women’s health and paediatrics, although enjoys all aspects of medicine.

    We hope you find this information session reassuring and helpful as you navigate this ever-changing situation.