Australia: Heath Alert: Critical Judgments, Legislation, Press Releases and News Items in Relation to Health Law

Last Updated: 30 March 2010
Article by Brian Bray

Welcome to this week's edition of Health Alert. The Health Alert is transmitted on Monday of each week (unless there is a public holiday on Monday).

Health Alert is a summary of the critical judgments, legislation, press releases and news items which have come to our attention each week. Many of the summaries will contain a hyperlink.

If an item is of special interest, we may insert commentary into the body of Health Alert. However in general, Health Alert is a quick and effective means of ensuring that you are aware of significant recent changes with little or no commentary from ourselves.

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Nigel Preston and the DLA Phillips Fox Health Team


Australia. Federal Court

Mukherjee v Medicare Participation Review Committee [2010] FCA 233 (17 March 2010)

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW - Judicial Review - Decision of Administrative Appeals Tribunal - Medical Participation Review Committee - Section 124F Health Insurance Act 1973 (Cth) - Disqualification for 3 months - Whether Tribunal required to make a finding on ?actual awareness? after finding applicant ?not wholly aware? - Whether Tribunal considered other available penalties - Whether Tribunal substituted itself as expert witness - Inadequacy of reasons - Wednesbury unreasonableness - Effect of guilty plea on awareness - Appeal dismissed.

New South Wales. Medical Board

11/03/10: Tung, Margaret

New South Wales. Administrative Decisions Tribunal

O'Sullivan v NSW Medical Board [2010] NSWADT 75

Summary dismissal of complaint - discrimination on the ground of disability - victimisation

Victoria. Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria

Dr Colm Moore 2010 (Full Reasons)

Dr John Duncan Mackellar 2010 (Full Reasons)

New Zealand. Health & Disability Commissioner

08HDC08813Obstetrician and Gynaecologist - Informed consent to surgical procedure.08 Mar 2010

08HDC03994Hospital (Public) - Specialist support for medical staff in small public hospital.21 Aug 2009

09HDC01342General Practitioner - Inappropriate relationship with patient.24 Feb 2010

United Kingdom

Ternent v Ashford & St Peter's Hospital NHS Trust [2010] EWHC 593 (QB) (24 March 2010)



National Health Security Amendment (Background Checking) Act 2010 - C2010A00015 - Health - An Act to amend the National Health Security Act 2007, and for related purposes

National Health (Pharmaceutical Benefits) Amendment Regulations 2010 (No. 1) - F2010L00568 - Health - These Regulations amend the National Health (Pharmaceutical Benefits) Regulations 1960 to remove redundant provisions and amend Schedule 5 which lists brands of pharmaceutical items scheduled for phased statutory price reductions.


Health Legislation (Health Practitioner Regulation National Law) Amendment Bill 2010 - Legislative Assembly 2nd Reading - 25/3/2010


Australia. Department of Health & Ageing

Media releases

Private Health Insurance Circulars

Aged care Advice to the industry - 18 March 2010 - Schedule of Fees and Charges from 20 March 2010

Australia. Therapeutic Goods Administration

European Union guidelines(8 adopted, 1 not adopted, 2 replaced/ superseded)

Advisory Committee on the Safety of Medicines (ACSOM) (new)

Statement on Rotarix(r) (Rotavirus vaccine) (new)

IVD regulation information seminars - April 2010 (new)

Therapeutic Goods (Multi-Site Manufacturing Licenses) Guidelines of 2010 (registered with FRLI 19 March 2010)

Proposed S38A guidelines for Australian manufacturing licences covering multiple manufacturing sites - industry consultation comments (new)

Australia. Private Health Insurance Administration Council

10/05 24 Mar 10 Clarification of advice to insurers on PHIAC 1 requirements when Lifetime Health Cover status changes CURRENT EDITION 10/05

Australia. National Health & Medical Research Council

Tracker - 19 March - *NHMRC Career Development Awards - deadline extension; *Project Grant applications - Grant Review Panels in 2010; *CEO Newsletter - *NHMRC Bibliometric Report - *Third edition of Acute Pain Management: Scientific Evidence ; *Public consultation on draft Clinical practice guidelines for depression and related disorders in the perinatal period; *Podcast: NHMRC Newscast March 2010 View full Issue

$4m for Tri-Nation Research to Help Close the Gap in Indigenous Health - The Rudd Government has announced three Australian research teams will receive a share of nearly $4 million to improve outcomes in Indigenous health. View Media Release

Measuring up 2009: bibliometric analysis of the impact of NHMRC funded research - The NHMRC has released the latest bibliometric analysis of the citation performance of NHMRC funded health research Download the Report Summary Download the Full Report

Australian Institute of Health & Welfare

Risk factors and participation in work - This report builds on the previous AIHW report Chronic disease and participation in work by showing the association between risk factors and participation in work. Published 25 March 2010.

Monitoring the impact of air pollution on asthma in Australia: a methods paper - Published 22 March 2010.

Cardiovascular medicines and primary health care: a regional analysis - Cardiovascular medicines and primary health care: a regional analysis shows how the supply of cardiovascular medicines and primary health-care services differs across regions in Australia. . Published 17 March 2010.

Australia. National E-Health Transition Authority

Australia launches leading edge e-health supply chain location directory - 17 March 2010.The first electronic location directory, connecting healthcare purchasers and suppliers around Australia, was officially unveiled in Melbourne and Sydney this week. The central registry, known as GS1Locatenet GLN Directory for Healthcare, will improve the speed and accuracy of supply transactions helping to reduce hospital operating costs and save lives. Read more: Australia launches leading edge e-health supply chain location directory

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

Monday 22 March 2010 -New Calls for Expressions of Interest in National and State Office Roles. - Executive Officer, Psychology and Osteopathy Boards of Australia , Executive Officer, Policy, National Board Services , Director of Corporate Services (WA and SA) , Manager Medical Registration (Victoria).

Australian Commission on Safety & Quality in Health

Commission update - Issue 10, March 2010 (PDF 257 KB)

National Forum on Safety and Quality in Primary and Community Health - May 2010 (PDF 260 KB)

5th International Conference in Health Care - Quality Around the World - May 2010

8th Australasian Conference on Safety and Quality in Health Care - Sept 2010

National Forum on Safety and Quality in Health Care - October 2010

Australian Capital Territory. Department of Health

Death cap mushroom warning (22 March 2010) - ACT Health is reminding people to steer clear of the world's most deadly mushroom the Death Cap.

Rabies and Australian Bat Lyssavirus (22 March 2010) - ACT Health advises people not to handle bats at all, even if they are trapped or injured.

New South Wales. Department of Health

NSW Health News Update - Latest in health video news. - Floods - Health Reform - Scholarships - Dubbo Diabetes - Great Australian Bite

Policy Directives

Information Bulletins

Queensland. Department of Health

March Health Matters (PDF, 1MB)

South Australia. Department of Health

24 March 2010 - 2010 Meningococcal Season Reminder (pdf 45kb)

Victoria. Department of Health

Media releases

Hospital circular - Publication Number 08 / 2010 - 22 March 2010 - Public Hospital Charges - Changes Nursing Home Type Patients (NHTP)

Western Australia. Department of Health

Media releases

WA Health Performance Report October to December 2009 (PDF 704KB)

New Zealand. Medsafe

Medsafe's Evaluation Policy for Priority and Abbreviated Assessments

New Zealand Regulatory Guidelines for Medicines - Update to Volume 1, Part D, Section 4.10 as a result of the last Medicines Classification Committee meeting held on 3 November 2009

United Kingdom. Department of Health

The Quarter: quarter 3, 2009/10

Commercial skills for the NHS

Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) in hospitalised patients

Inclusion Health: improving primary care for socially excluded people

Valuing people now: a new three-year strategy for people with learning disabilities

Reducing cancer inequality:evidence, progress and making it happen: a report by the National Cancer Equality Initiative

Medical patient weighing scales

United States of America. Department of Health & Human Services

What Change Looks Like - The passage of health insurance reform legislation represents a historic victory for the American people. America's families and businesses will not only get relief from skyrocketing health care costs but will now have more control over their health care. No longer will the insurance companies get the final say when it comes to rates and rights. - Watch the Video & Read the President's Remarks

Canada. Health Canada

Government of Canada Releases Draft Assessments for 17 Substances included in the Chemicals Management Plan [2010-03-22]

Health Canada Completes Safety Assessment of Caffeine use in Non-Cola Beverages [2010-03-19]

Health Canada Reminds Parents and Caregivers to Take Steps to Prevent Unintentional Poisoning [2010-03-15]

Australian Medical Association

Closing the Indigenous health gap - time to get it right 25 March 2010 - 2:05pm - AMA President, Dr Andrew Pesce, said today that Close the Gap Day is a timely reminder for the Government to get active in developing a comprehensive national plan to achieve Indigenous health equality within a generation.

2010 AMA Award for Excellence in Health Care 24 March 2010 - 9:00am - Nominations for the 2010 AMA Award for Excellence in Health Care are now being accepted.

2010 AMA State Awards 24 March 2010 - 9:00pm - The Federal AMA is conducting the AMA Awards program, which recognises the work of State and Territory AMAs in promoting the Association and the profession. Submissions for the 2010 AMA State Awards are now being accepted.

GP Network News Issue 10, Number 9 - 19 March 2010 19 March 2010 - 3:30pm - GP Network News Issue 10, Number 9 - 19 March 2010, AMA welcomes investment in general practice training places, H1N1 influenza update, Draft clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of depression. Read more

British Medical Association

Anti-market campaign wins public backing - Almost 3,000 doctors and 2,000 members of the public have responded to the BMA's campaign

We must fight inequality, says next BMA president - Avoidable health inequalities 'are wrong, morally wrong', argues leading doctor

'We were lucky with H1N1', says former swine flu tsar - The government has learnt lessons from swine flu response, doctors told

GPs demand halt to SCR roll-out - BMA says over-hasty progress of the database programme means patients are ignorant of its true implications

BMA backs hospital cuts protest - Doctors oppose plans for reconfiguration of busy emergency department

American Medical Association

President Obama Signs Historic Health System Reform Bill for Health of Our Nation - AMA Statement, March 23, 2010 - The president's signature on historic health reform legislation today is a monumental moment in the health of our nation. Read More

Canadian Medical Association

03/25/2010 - Number of Canadian IMGs seeking residency training soars

03/23/2010 - CMA pushing for EMR training in all 17 medical schools

03/19/2010 - Women MDs challenge Ottawa over contraception issue

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