In this case, the ACT Supreme Court assessed damages in negligence for psychological harm, making an allowance for the unfulfilled career aspirations of the plaintiff to requalify as a GP in Australia.
The District Court of Western Australia held that a hospital was negligent in failing to diagnose and treat sepsis in a paediatric burns patient because the act or omission of the treating doctors materially increased the risk of injury to the plaintiff.
New OH&S Regulations have revised the permissible levels of lead exposure in Victorian workplaces, which will be required to be lower from June 2020.
In this case the Supreme Court of New South Wales held that a hospital was not liable in negligence for the partial amputation of a child’s thumb because the course of treatment embarked on by the hospital was consistent with the peer professional opinion of the day.
In this case it was held that a hospital had breached its duty of care by failing to carry out procedures to prevent a psychotic patient, who outwardly appeared compliant, from committing an act of self harm.
The ACT Supreme Court held that a public hospital was liable in negligence for knowingly admitting a dangerous patient to a shared ward and exposing another patient to harm.
The Long Service Leave Bill 2017 (Vic) passed in May 2018 and will repeal and replace the current Long Service Leave Act 1992 (Vic). Significantly the Bill will amend when an employee becomes entitled to long service leave, and will update how length of continuous service is calculated.
The Hospital Foundations Bill 2018 (Qld) will repeal and replace the old Hospitals Foundations Act 1982 (Qld) with legislation that reflects contemporary drafting standards and provides updated provisions relating to the oversight of hospital foundations.
The Health Services Act has been amended to introduce new obligations on the Boards of public hospitals and multi-purpose services.
On 25 May 2018, the European Union’s new data protection framework – the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’) – took effect. Despite some similarities with the Privacy Act, many APP entities will need to implement new processes to be GDPR-compliant.