Interested talk at the recent annual ALA medical negligence conference in Sydney at which a stroke expert discussed the recently published large study of stroke treatment outcomes.

Such study clearly demonstrated the benefits, in terms of survival chances, of giving patients of any age thrombolytic treatment, if attending:

  • less than 3 hours after stroke onset;

 I was interested (and a little horrified) to read the recent coverage of the South Australian Coroner’s findings concerning 3 foetal deaths in SA, associated with home birth in ‘non-low-risk pregnancies’ (1 at least involving a breech presentation). See for example here. Soberingly + tragically the Coroner found that in each case, had the

 The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has published another of its annual reports, providing statistics on public and private sector medical indemnity claims in Australia.  These cover the 2009 year.  Interesting reading..

Total ‘new’ claims in the year totalled 2,600, roughly equally split between public v private medical care.

The more interesting figures came

Was interested to read in the West of the James Cook Uni study to follow up outcomes and attitudes (after the event) of women choosing vaginal -v- elective caesarean section.

While I defer to the experts, the more information and hard evidence, rather than ‘old wives tales’ and medical-politics, assisting women to make health decision relating

As a post-script to the recent resolution of my client’s claim against a travel agency, promoting Thai cosmetic surgery, I now have to drive each day past a massive billboard on Railway Rd, Subiaco, promoting the services of another such agency. Clearly its a thriving business sector…

To protect those uninformed enough to think that

Odd and uncomfortable territory for a lawyer to touch upon…

As is now a matter of public record, I act for Saba Button and her parents in relation to her claim arising because of her terrible complications from the flu-vax in 2010.

There has been recent media interest in the fact an approach has been

I recently came across an interesting article in a medical insurance journal, discussing the responsibilities of a radiologist to ensure communication of important x-ray or other radiology test results.  The conclusion of the article was that the radiologist has responsibility for prompt first-hand communication with the referring GP, but the article stopped short of suggesting