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INFORMED CONSENT IN HEALTH CARE

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Informed consent is a person’s decision, given voluntarily, to agree to a healthcare treatment, procedure or other intervention that is made:  Following the provision of accurate and relevant information about the healthcare intervention and alternative options available; and  With adequate knowledge and understanding of the  benefits and material risks of the proposed intervention relevant to  … Read more


Cyber Threats and Your Medical Practice

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No matter the size of your practice, cybersecurity incidents can have devastating and long term impacts.  Every medical practitioner must be proactive, stay alert and be prepared in the event of a network security or cyber breach.  Below are the three most common types of cyber threats. Malicious Software  (Malware)  Malware is a generic term  … Read more


Avoiding Trouble From Testimonials In Advertising

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With patients having been in lockdown and many surgeries cancelled, specialist practices have been relying more on web and social channels to communicate with their patients.  Navigating the restrictions on medical practitioners’ use of patient reviews and testimonials can be challenging for doctors.  Especially when patients are going online for information about their healthcare, and  … Read more


Telehealth And The PSR

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PSR was established in July 1994 as an Agency within the Health Portfolio to protect the integrity of Medicare and the PBS. Part VAA of the Health Insurance Act 1973 establishes the agency, sets out its role and powers and the process that it must follow when conducting its work.  Through the performance of its  … Read more


Managing Your Practice’s Risks

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Medical practices require a proactive and effective strategy to mitigate and control patient risk during all aspects of patient interaction. Medical practices should take steps to identify all potential factors that may create a risk to the patient or practice. By assessing and identifying these risks, a practice may mitigate or even eliminate many of  … Read more


Fundamentals of Medication Safety

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Medications are the most common treatment used in healthcare.  Every year in Australia the amount of prescriptions dispensed increases. On an average day, over 600,000 subsidised prescriptions are dispensed (AIHW). Errors associated with medication are of particular concern because some can be preventable.  In hospitals, data suggests that between 2 to 3 percent of all  … Read more


Social Media Is More Integral In Our Lives Than Ever

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Social media has grown rapidly since its introduction over 10 years ago. It is a powerful interactive tool where people can share opinions, experiences, information, resources and more.  The use of social media can have an enormous benefit for society – both personally and professionally – and allows people to communicate and interact with a  … Read more


Managing Emergency Blood Transfusions for Minors

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There are legal implications when dealing with blood transfusions for minors. It is not uncommon for Health and Medical Practitioners to face difficult situations when a child’s parent refuses a blood transfusion; such as on religious grounds. That is why there is legislation in each state and territory for a minor’s emergency treatment (like blood  … Read more


Common Medico-Legal Insurance Pitfalls for Anesthetists

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The anesthetist workforce forms a large part of the medical fraternity. Anesthetists comprise almost 4.5% of the medical practitioner community. Anesthetists are highly skilled medical professionals who work to carry out a broad spectrum of medical procedures including pain management, intensive care and perfusion. Anesthetists in Australia usually hold FANZCA or equivalent recognised qualification to practice in  … Read more