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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


Good Health Records Supports Good Defence

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Medical practitioners who receive a claim or complaint notification will often be asked by the insurer for a copy of the health records. The notification may in fact have been prompted by a request by the patient or their solicitor for a copy of their records. The issues that face a practitioner who has inadequate  … Read more


Risk Management Mitigation in Private Practice

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In private practice, ensuring you adequately implement a risk management strategy is very vital to mitigating practice exposure. Having appropriate processes and procedures should be a priority with medical indemnity or practice insurance acting as support backup for when things go wrong. Commonly Arising Risk Events Adverse events in medical practice have a long history.  … Read more


When to Discontinue a Clinical Patient Relationship

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For a clinical doctor/patient relationship to work effectively, it requires the trust of both parties.  Occasionally relationships may not work out as planned and medical or health practitioners may find themselves in a situation where the ability to manage and care for a patient is compromised irretrievably. Prior to ceasing care there are a number  … Read more


Coronial Investigations and Inquests

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Certain deaths need to be reported to the Coroner. Requirements differ throughout Australia, but generally the following deaths are reportable to the Coroner: You cannot certify cause of death There are unexpected outcomes from health care. The Role of the Coroner The Coroner’s role is to determine time, manner and cause of death, and consider  … Read more


Caring For Older Patients

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In caring for their older patients, medical and other health practitioners must always be on the lookout for possible elder abuse.  Elder abuse has been defined by the World Health Organisation as: “a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes  … Read more


What You Need to Know About Telehealth in Australia

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The Australian Federal Government has expanded access to telehealth services. The changes took effect at 8am on Monday 30 March 2020 and is expected to stay in place until 30 September 2020. The $1.1 billion package will assist health professionals and patients in order to ease the health and economic challenges from the COVID-19 crisis.  … Read more


Unexpected Outcomes Are An Inevitable Part Of Health Care

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Open disclosure is a term used to describe the process for communicating when there has been an adverse or unexpected outcome during care or treatment.  It is important for recovery and ongoing health as it allows health practitioners to manage any consequences appropriately. Acknowledging the event goes to promoting a culture of working to reduce  … Read more


The Therapeutic Relationship Is A Two-way Street

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Generally, unless a patient requires emergency care in order to prevent an imminent risk to their life or long-term health, you can end a therapeutic relationship, as long as there is an appropriate transfer of care, or sufficient notice and advice given to the patient to allow them to seek care elsewhere.  In fact, in  … Read more


Marketing Your Medical Practice

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Every business needs a marketing plan to help your business thrive. And yet, it always seems like the last thing on your list. Of course, we would all like to attain our new patients through word of mouth, but this has become increasingly more difficult. As your medical indemnity insurance partner, we highly recommend that  … Read more