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            Health and Ageing

            The Health and Ageing sector in Australia is growing rapidly and evolving in new directions due to developing technologies and associated investment, higher expectations of service outcomes and added costs to delivery, as well as longer life expectancy and improved quality combined with an increasingly ageing population.

            Our Health and Ageing practice focuses on ensuring solutions for our clients are practical, commercial and in line with industry trends.  We provide a comprehensive suite of services including commercial, property, litigation, insurance (including medico-legal), work health and safety, employment and construction.

            Our clients in the health and ageing sector include large government departments, hospitals and health services, insurers, private entities, aged care residences, disability support providers, medical research facilities, medical device manufacturers, individual medical practitioners, and charitable bodies.

            Within this sector, our experienced lawyers have expertise in the following areas:

            • Medico-Legal

              • Negligence and Common Law Damages claims
              • AHPRA Investigations / disciplinary proceedings
              • Commission/Ombudsman investigations
              • Internal investigations and risk management
            • Employment & IR

              • Employment contracts
              • Unfair dismissal
              • Workplace bullying and discrimination
              • Workplace investigations
              • Dispute resolution
            • Commercial

              • Commercial contracts
              • Shareholder agreements
              • Dispute resolution
            • Property

              • Commercial leasing
              • Building and construction contract advice and documentation
              • Infrastructure agreements
              • Dispute resolution
            • Safety

              • Clinical governance
              • Safety and quality in healthcare
              • General health advisory work, including health industry regulation and reforms
              • Ethical and legal issues
              • Medicines regulatory advice
              • Workplace health and safety

             

            Medical Negligence Claims

            We understand the particular requirements of professional indemnity claims, arising not only from specific legislation, but also the sensitivities which may arise in cases where indemnity issues and potential malpractice issues are present.  Our team have experience defending allegations of professional negligence against public and private hospitals, doctors and other healthcare workers.

             

            Coronial Inquiries

            Our team have been involved in complex and high profile coronial cases representing clients such as dentists, hospitals, nurses, pharmacists and a range of government departments at inquest hearings.

            We are frequently retained early to investigate the circumstances surrounding a death and to guide clients through the process, keeping them informed and providing strategic advice while collating relevant information, opinion and statements.

            We can also liaise with relevant staff in relation to the role of the Coroner and their statutory obligations to assist clients to make an informed decision about important issues such as claims for privilege of documents and self-incrimination.

             

            Privacy and Data Protection

            Our Health Law team can assist in setting up data breach incident response plans to ensure full compliance with the recently implemented Notifiable Data Breaches scheme, including:

            • drafting specific policies and procedures;
            • the provision of appropriate training as to how to monitor for breaches; and educating members on what to do if a member suspects, or becomes aware of a data breach or other cyber security incident

            Hamish Broadbent

            • Principal Lawyer

            Matthew Smith

            • Principal Lawyer // Head of Employment, Safety & Regulatory (Australia)

            Ben Burney

            • Principal Lawyer // Head of Banking & Financial Services (Asia Pacific)

            Andrew Bautovich

            • Principal Lawyer

            Mark Curran

            • Principal Lawyer

            Andre Wyman

            • Senior Associate

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