Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery continues to be an area of clinical practice where our Claims and Advisory Services team deals with a number of patient claims and complaints. In this two part series we have asked a GP, a Physician, an Anaesthetist and a Bariatric Surgeon to provide their perspectives on bariatric surgery. The first part of this series – a GP’s and Physician’s perspectives – are provided in this edition of Defence Update.




Our Reputation and Commitment to Members

MDA National rolled out a reputational survey to a random selection of our Members, staff and industry stakeholders in late 2013 to help us better understand our current reputation and the key issues. The results confirm that MDA National remains a well-respected and admired organisation with a reputation strongly aligned to the mutual values that are fundamental to our commitment to Members. Read more...

Editor's Note
Sara Bird

In this issue of Defence Update, our President, A/Prof Julian Rait, discusses the proposed merger of MDA National and Medical Insurance Group Australia (MIGA). Julian outlines the rationale behind the proposed merger and the anticipated benefits of the proposed new organisation. Members are encouraged to contact us with any questions about the proposed merger.

For MDA National staff, it remains “business as usual”. In this edition, we address a number of emerging and perennial medico-legal topics that have an impact on our Members and their practices.

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Dr Sara Bird
Manager, Medico-legal
and Advisory Services

 From The Presidnet

A New Force in Medical Indemnity

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” Winston Churchill

It is a truism of modern life that the demand for change is ever increasing.

Certainly in the corporate world, more competition, greater regulation, improving technology and higher customer expectations have been driving business performance like never before. And in recent years, some of the most successful businesses have been those that have embraced real innovation, pursued lateral thinking and become ever more inventive and differentiated in order to grow.

Less than two decades ago, MDA National was a state-based Medical Defence Organisation (MDO) with a few thousand Members and net assets of less than $10 million. However, a bold decision made by your Mutual Board in the year 2000 saw the business embrace Members from other states and invest in a nationwide presence. Today, MDA National has an office in every state with NSW, VIC and QLD accounting for 57% of our medical Membership, and our net assets continue to grow from the $145 million reported at 30 June 2013.
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A/Prof Julian Rait
MDA National President

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The information in Defence Update is intended as a guide only. We include a number of articles to stimulate thought and discussion. These articles may contain opinions which are not necessarily those of MDA National. We recommend you always contact your indemnity provider when you require specific advice in relation to your insurance policy.

The case histories used have been prepared by the Claims and Advisory Services team. They are based on actual medical negligence claims or medico-legal referrals; however where necessary certain facts have been omitted or changed by the author to ensure the anonymity of the parties involved.

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