IN FOCUS

IN FOCUS

Not all doctor-patient relationships are successful. From time to time, you may face a situation where it is appropriate to end a therapeutic relationship with a patient.The key issues are to recognise when it is appropriate to do so, and know how to do it, without breaching your legal and professional obligations as a doctor. Read more...  
LATEST NEWS

LATEST NEWS

The Department of Health has issued a warning that doctors who give the bioCSL Fluvax vaccine to children under five years of age are exposing themselves to legal risks. This vaccine is also not recommended in children aged five to nine years due to an increased risk of fever and febrile reactions. Read more...
Editor's Note
Sara Bird

The use of social media by doctors and patients is an emerging medico-legal risk area. HWL Ebsworth Lawyers provide a defence lawyer’s view on the use of social media in the medical arena. Our CaseBook section includes a recent Tribunal decision which highlights some of the risks when doctors use social media to communicate with patients.


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Dr Sara Bird
Manager, Medico-legal and Advisory Services

Doctors for Doctors
Dr Reg Bullen

As in 1925, the doctor Members of MDA National remain a mutually supportive collegial group who will look after one another, and with increasingly sophisticated means of doing so.

Seemingly a lifetime ago (in 1975), an “aged” doctor attended my medical school late in our sixth year to recruit us to join the Medical Defence Association of Western Australia (MDAWA). It would only cost $100 per year for the doctors, at any stage of their career, and would protect us from the (then) unlikely event of being sued. All 88 of us joined!

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Dr Reg Bullen


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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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