In the media

Leadership in exceptional circumstances as Voluntary Assisted Dying begins in Australia
With the formation of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Board, Victoria yesterday became the first jurisdiction in Australia to allow people in the late stages of advanced disease to take medication to induce their death at a time of their choosing, with hospital pharmacists central to the rigorous process (20 June 2019). More...

High Court rules sperm donor is daughter's legal father, stopping her moving overseas with mother
A man who donated his sperm to a friend with the belief he could play a role in the child's life has won a High Court fight sparked by the mother's decision to move to New Zealand with their biological child (19 June 2019). More...

HRLC: Federal Court rules that Medevac assessments by Australian doctors must be considered by Minister
Yesterday, the Federal Court of Australia ruled that the Australian Government has to consider applications for refugees on Manus and Nauru made under the Medevac laws that are made in line with standard Australian medical practices (19 June 2019). More...

Woman jailed after defrauding Medicare
Talaiha Inia was sentenced to two years and nine months' imprisonment after pleading guilty to lodging false Medicare benefit claims valued at $224,986.80. In light of matters personal to Ms Inia, she will be released after 10 months after entering into a recognisance to be of good behaviour for three years (21 June 2019). More...

In practice and courts

QAO audit: Addressing mine dust lung disease
This audit will examine how effectively public sector entities have implemented recommendations aimed at reducing the risk and occurrence of mine dust lung disease. In progress, anticipated tabling: Aug–Oct 2019. More...


Health Ombudsman v Wabersinke [2019] QCAT 156
PROFESSIONS AND TRADES – HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS – DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS – PROFESSIONAL MISCONDUCT – GENERALLY – where the practitioner admitted the four charges but not the particulars of one of the charges – where the charges related to the prescribing of restricted drugs and keeping of adequate medical records - where parties agreed the conduct in relation to each allegation amounted to unprofessional conduct – where the parties agree that the conduct, when looked at in totality, amounts to professional misconduct – whether appropriate sanction required a period of suspension
Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996 Qld
Health Ombudsman Act 2013 Qld s 103, s 107
Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (Queensland) 2009 Qld s 5, s 156, s 159, s 225

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