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Practice note 1 Apr 2013   Treating friends, family and yourself
The practice of treating friends and family is not recommended and there have been cases where it has led to disciplinary actions by the regulators including conditions placed on practitioner’s regist ...
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Practice note 1 Apr 2013   Avoiding common employee contract disputes
A written agreement is easier to defend than a handshake. However, before signing an employment contract, you should be very clear on the key clauses relating to indemnity, insurance or restraints. It ...
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Practice note 1 Apr 2013   Working under pressure - a legal hazard
Practicing in the public sector compared to private practice presents different stresses and challenges. For junior practitioners, in particular the former can be very stressful and they may be more v ...
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Practice note 1 Apr 2013   Informed consent
The issue of informed consent arises repeatedly in dental cases. More often, the key factor is not the consent process and what was or was not communicated, but rather what was documented in the conte ...
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Practice note 1 Apr 2013   Cyber security - Are you prepared?
Australian Healthcare practices storage of health records means mandatory obligations apply and there is a heightened risk from cyber-attack. Regardless of whether you use electronic or hard-copy rec ...
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Practice note 16 Oct 2013   Implant Dentistry - Informed Consent
The issue of informed consent arises repetitively in dental cases. Frequently the key factor is not the consent process and what was or was not communicated, but rather: what was docume ...
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Practice note 16 Oct 2013   Good health records supports a good defence
Good health records, whether written or electronic, help ensure patient safety and continuity of care. Maintaining adequate records is also critical to avoiding complaints, claims or disciplinary proc ...
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Practice note 16 Oct 2013   Death - the final complication
Good Medical Practice: A Code of Conduct for Doctors in Australia AHPRA provide a code of conduct for practitioners by which practitioners are judged in the event of an incident. The following is a d ...
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Case study 16 Oct 2013   What should you do if you're involved in an adverse outcome, claim or investigation?
What should you do? Don’t panic Becoming involved in an adverse outcome, complaint, claim or investigation is more common than you think and it is likely to happen at some stage of your career. ...
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Case study 16 Oct 2013   Info before treatment
Dr B was a second year post graduate dentist working as a locum. The patient was seen previously in the practice and had consented to an extraction. The treatment was delayed for a few days as it was ...
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Case study 16 Oct 2013   Refusing treatment
Dr P, a general practitioner had been treating a 63 year old man for a range of bowel symptoms. Colon cancer was detected and the usual range of treatments were proposed.
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Case study 16 Oct 2013   Limit risks
Nearing the end of a very long shift in the emergency department (ED), Doctor D was extremely tired and in need of a break. He was treating a patient for a severe laceration to his thumb. The patien ...
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Practice note 3 Feb 2014   Understanding Informed Consent
The term informed consent is universally used to describe a significant part of the process in providing healthcare to the public. As a complaint, the lack of consent to treatment is a recurring theme ...
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Practice note 3 Feb 2014   Death the final complication
Most junior doctors will tell you that signing their first death certificate is one of the most surreal experiences in their career. This duty appears to be one of the last remaining bastions excl ...
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Case study 3 Feb 2014   Drugs and poisons investigation
This case study concerns a general practitioner who was contacted by the State Drugs and Poisons Unit of the Department of Health. The issue related to the treatment of a now deceased 40-year old ...
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