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.
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 Health Services Act has been amended to introduce new obligations on the Boards of public hospitals and multi-purpose services.
Legislation has commenced in South Australia to provide for the licensing and regulation of stand-alone private day procedure centres and other miscellaneous provisions.
The Road Safety (General) Further Amendment Regulations 2017 (Vic) has introduced amendments to vary the procedures relating to the taking of compulsory blood samples from drivers under the Road Safety Act 1986 (Vic).
The Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 (Vic) will commence on 12 March 2018. The Act will amend the laws in Victoria regarding medical treatment decision making, including advance care directives.
The Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Bill 2016 (Vic) passed the Legislative Assembly on 24 November 2016 and received Royal Assent on 29 November 2016. The Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 (Vic) (the Act) is set to commence on the earliest of a day to be proclaimed or 12 March 2018.