In the media

Couple given extra time to sue ultrasound clinic after their baby was born with Down syndrome A couple has been granted extra time to sue a Gold Coast ultrasound clinic and doctor over their failure to diagnose their unborn daughter with Down syndrome. The Supreme Court in Brisbane on Friday granted the couple an extension of time to launch their case against the medical professionals (01 June 2019). More...

Silicosis diagnosed in 22yo stonemason makes him youngest victim in Queensland epidemic A national registry of workers affected by silica dust has been established by a law firm in preparation for a class action against the manufacturers of the stone bench tops. An audit of Queensland's manufacturing stone industry in February revealed 98 workers had contracted the disease - 15 of those were terminal (30 May 2019). More...

Public consultation on clearer regulation of medical practitioners who provide complementary and unconventional medicine and emerging treatments Please note: This consultation has been extended until 30 June 2019. The Medical Board of Australia has released a public consultation paper to seek feedback on options for clearer regulation of medical practitioners who provide complementary and unconventional medicine and emerging treatments. More...

Reminder: Supplementary IME Panel tender for rehabilitation physicians Following the appointment of medical specialists to our Independent Medical Examination (IME) Panel in July 2018, WorkCover Queensland is opening a supplementary tender for additional rehabilitation physicians to support demand for patient referrals. This is accessible on the Queensland Government's QTenders website and closed on 31 May 2019. More...

Cases

Psychology Board of Australia v Sweeney [2019] QCAT 134PROFESSIONS AND TRADES – HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS – DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS – PROFESSIONAL MISCONDUCT – GENERALLY – where the practitioner failed to maintain appropriate professional boundaries with respect to a patient – where the practitioner provided false and misleading information to the Board – where the practitioner induced another vulnerable person to sign a false statement to further mislead the Board – where the practitioner some years later self-reported his wrongdoing – where the parties have agreed the conduct amounts to professional misconduct and agreed the sanction to be imposed - whether conduct amounts to professional misconduct – whether sanction agreed appropriate. Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (Queensland) 2009 Qld s 3A, s 5, s 193B, s 195, s 196; Queensland Civil and Administrative Act 2009 Qld s 32, s 100, s 102.