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30November 2016

System to Recognise and Manage a Deteriorating Patient

Jennifer Davis, Solicitor

The Coroners Court of Queensland recently delivered the Findings of the Inquest into the death of Mr Mark Plumb in October 2014. The communication between staff and the systems to recognise and manage the Patient’s clinical deterioration were of particular...

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28November 2016

Australia Health Practitioners Disciplinary Update

Hamish Broadbent, Partner

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) Boards have been busy in recent times publishing the outcomes of disciplinary proceedings. These decisions are a timely reminder that AHPRA requires professionals to maintain high standards at all times in the provision...

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27November 2016

Supreme Court Decision Opens Possibility for Wider Development of Trust

Roland O’Regan, Partner

In the case of Connolly v Brisbane City Council [2015] QSC 231, the Queensland Supreme Court provides guidance to local governments as to the permitted use of Crown land held on trust under the Land Act 1994 or its predecessor....

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21November 2016

“ABCs” of Contacts

Lex Orange, Partner

No matter how big or small, local governments enter into hundreds of contracts throughout the course of the year. Whether you contract using strategic contracting procedures or the default contracting procedures [Chapter 6 of the Local Government Regulation], basic contract...

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18November 2016

New Guidelines for Practitioners who Provide Cosmetic Surgery

Luke Gollan, Solicitor

In March 2015, the Medical Board of Australia distributed draft guidelines relating to the Board’s expectations of medical practitioners who perform cosmetic medical and surgical procedures in Australia. At the time, according to Dr Joanna Flynn AM, Board Chair, “there...

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14November 2016

Council’s Responsibility when Evaluating Tenders

Hamish Broadbent, Partner

Section 198 of the Local Government Regulation 2012 (Qld) requires local governments to prepare and adopt a procurement policy for purchases of goods and services. Among other things, this policy must include the sound contracting principles, namely: (a) value for money; (b)...

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