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Case studiesCourts & reports
Failure to prevent workplace bullying costs employer $1.5 million As well as a stark illustration of the human cost of managerial mistreatment this case serves as a reminder to employers that failing to prevent such behaviours can have significant financial implicat...
Case studiesManaging patient incidents
Court finds following clinical guidelines “not irrational” A recent court decision has shown that clinical guidelines can be relied upon when providing patient care so long as the guidelines correspond with widely accepted practice in Australia.
Case studiesCourts & reportsManaging patient incidentsPatient carePatient communication
Holes align in transfer tragedy It is important for doctors to be aware of their local transfer policies have clear communications processes and know their on-call responsibilities.
Case studiesCourts & reportsManaging patient incidentsPrescribing
Critical of care: defending your reputation Most doctors will have a patient die while under their care at some point in their career. The stress of such an event can become even more protracted in situations where the patient s death leads to ...
Case studiesCourts & reportsDoctors' health & wellbeingPatient carePrescribing
Prescription drug-related deaths: coroner calls for mandatory education A recent inquest into the deaths of four patients from overdoses to prescription painkillers has elicited further calls for a real-time prescription monitoring system and mandatory education for GPs o...
Case studiesCourts & reportsDigital healthManaging patient incidentsMedical recordsPrescribing
Coroner finds patient death caused by failure in critical thinking A coroner has underscored the importance of critical thinking and good handover practices following an inquest into the patients death from an e-prescribing error following surgery.
Case studiesPractising professionally
Surgeon’s two-year ban reinforces need to address impairment issues A recently reported case involving a consultant surgeon whose mental health affected his ability to practise reminds all doctors to seek professional help if problems arise.
Case studiesCourts & reports
Avant podcast series: Medical manslaughter – could it happen here? Dr Bawa-Garba was convicted of manslaughter on the grounds of gross negligence after a six-year-old boy died while in her care. Subsequently she was struck off the medical register for life sending sh...
Case studiesCourts & reportsManaging patient incidentsPatient care
Dr Bawa-Garba wins appeal against erasure from medical register Avant welcomes Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba's successful appeal against being struck off the medical register as a move to support protective not punitive penalties in the medical profession.
Case studiesPractising professionally
Court overrules parents’ wishes to order emergency surgery on baby A state Supreme Court has authorised doctors to operate on an 11-month-old baby against their parent's wishes. The state hospital and health service applied to the court seeking a decision from th...
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