Significant sections of the Children’s Guardian Act 2019 (NSW) commenced on 1 March 2020, enlivening important reportable conduct duties. Read on to see if these apply to your organisation and what you need to do to satisfy the reporting requirements.
Recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse have been implemented in Tasmania, creating new requirements for reporting suspected child abuse.
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.
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 District Court of Western Australia has held that a defence of peer professional practice will not be sufficient in cases of delayed diagnosis and treatment where there is not a well-reasoned explanation for the delay based upon best practice and substantial evidence.