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MDA National has issued a special Membership Brief this month titled, 
Our MDA National, Our Future,
to inform you about:

•  our new CEO, Ian Anderson

•  some key milestones in our 90-year history

•  our continuing financial stability and Membership strength.

Editor's Note
Sara Bird

Welcome to the first issue of Defence Update for 2015.

One of the aims of Defence Update is to update you on medico-legal developments that will impact on contemporary clinical practice.

Our Case Book includes a discussion on the recent Western Australian Court of Appeal decision regarding a medical practitioner’s duty to provide Good Samaritan assistance.

Read the full article…

Dr Sara Bird

Manager, Medico-legal
and Advisory Services
Doctors for Doctors
Rodney Moore

At MDA National, we have many reasons to celebrate. This year, we celebrate a milestone anniversary, our 90th, and the appointment of Ian Anderson as our new Chief Executive Officer.

This year we’re celebrating 90 years of supporting, protecting and promoting Members. MDA National was established in 1925 as a “doctors for doctors” mutual, and has continued to build on this time-honoured culture.

Read the full article…

Dr Rod Moore
Acting Chairman, MDA National Mutual Board

Click here to download a PDF version of Defence Update.

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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