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Protecting- Digital, Mobile and Paper-Based records

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The Commonwealth Privacy Act governs personal information, which includes health records and other health information; and covers all health practitioners in private practice. It does not however extend to public hospitals and other public organisations.  Health information is classified as ‘sensitive information’ under the Privacy Act and attracts additional protections because of its greater sensitivity.   … Read more


Open Disclosure – Revisited

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Unexpected outcomes are an unavoidable part of healthcare. However the likelihood of a patient taking legal action may be affected by the way the incident is managed, as well as the communication process. Open Disclosure is an important process for communicating when there has been an unfortunate or unexpected outcome during treatment and care.  Tego  … Read more


Obtaining Informed Consent For A Telehealth Consultation

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Telehealth services are now more than ever being utilised to provide medical treatment to patients. The benefits work for both parties involved – patients can continue to receive treatment in the comfort of their own home, whilst medical practitioners are able to continue to practice in relative safety. Furthermore, in terms of a public policy  … Read more


Cyber Security Procedures For Medical Practitioners

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No matter how large or small a medical practice is; all medical practice owners and medical practitioners should be aware of and consciously apply cyber security measures at every level.   However, one of the biggest hurdles that smaller practices experience is the lack of resources such as dedicated IT personnel. At Tego, we understand this.  … Read more


Working in the Public Sector- How to Avoid Legal Hazards

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There are many similarities as well as differences in challenges and stresses that medical practitioners experience when working in the public sector compared with the private practice. One area that Tego has seen a recent increase in with junior medical practitioners in the public health sector. It has been suggested that junior medical practitioners are  … Read more


Guidelines for Health Practitioners in the Private Sector Disclosure of Genetic Information

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The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has produced Guidelines for Health Practitioners in the Private Sector on using and disclosing information to a patient’s genetic relatives.  They apply to private practitioners and organisations that obtained genetic information about a living person after 21 December 2001. The medical indemnity team at Tego have the  … Read more


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