New South Wales
12 June 2014 - Rosten v Mid North Coast Local Health District  NSWIRComm 29
This was an unfair dismissal claim made by a nurse against a hospital heard by the New South Wales
(NSW) Industrial Relations Commission. The nurse was summarily terminated from her employment at the
hospital on the basis of misconduct.
The hospital had formed the view that the nurse had abused a patient by slapping her across the face
twice, manually handling the patient in a rough and uncaring manner and referred to her in a derogatory
manner during a night shift. The nurse denies that these events occurred and asserted the patient was
mistaken in her complaint. The decision maker of the hospital acknowledged he had accepted the
information made in the complaint without an independent inquiry and had not seen the complete medical
The Commission found on the balance of probabilities that the nurse did not abuse the patient because of
the absence of any sign of injury to the patient, the lack of complaint by her to the examining doctor, the
continual calling for her daughter through the night, the propensity to delusional experience, the absence of
any reaction by the patient to the alleged slap, the inherent unlikelihood that if a nurse lost her temper she
would slap an aged patient twice in the same manner and the uncertainty of time and location of the
Therefore, the Commission determined the termination of the nurse's employment was harsh,
unreasonable and unjust and ordered she be reinstated with no loss of wages or continuity of service.
12 June 2014 - Health Care Complaints Commission v Piper  NSWCATOD 62
Unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct, supply and administration of S4 drugs
without prescription or supervision of a medical practitioner; suspension of registration.
6 June 2014 - Dr A v Health District  NSWIRComm 28
Appeal - Application for leave to appeal and appeal by medical practitioner from a decision to revoke a
non-disclosure order applying to the medical practitioner and others - Threatened dismissal of medical
practitioner for alleged misconduct - Non disclosure orders made to protect identity of medical practitioner
pending outcome in substantive proceedings - Application to revoke non-disclosure orders prior to
substantive hearing - Application granted - Adequacy of reasons of tribunal in revoking non-disclosure
orders - Test to be applied under s 164A(3) of Industrial Relations Act 1996 - Whether any change in
circumstances warranting revocation - Appeal upheld - Decision and orders at first instance set aside.
10 June 2014 - PW v MS [No 3]  WASC 202
The plaintiff is the former de facto partner of the defendant. He claims that the defendant maliciously made
false statements about him to a General Practitioner and staff at a medical clinic to the effect that he was
sexually and physically abusing and neglecting their child. The plaintiff claims that these statements were
republished by the Child Protection Unit by way of referral. The defendant denied she made the alleged
statements or she did so maliciously and does did not agree that the GP republished the statements.
The Supreme Court of Western Australia dismissed the plaintiff's action because he could not show that he
suffered any injury from the statements. However, the Court agreed that the statements were false as
there were no reasonable grounds to suspect or believe that the plaintiff had sexually or physically abused
or neglected the child. The Court inferred that the statements were malicious as the defendant did not say
under oath, despite opportunity, that she was worried for the welfare of the child.
The Court was of the opinion that there was no evidence to establish that the statements were republished
by the GP or any other staff at the medical clinic. The decision did not the address the issue of whether
statements made to a medical practitioner reproduced in a referral to a child protection organisation could
be considered "published" to satisfy the element of the tort of malicious falsehood.
9 June 2014 - Elobadi v Royal Australasian College of Surgeons  WASCA 117
Contract - Failure to challenge essential findings of fact by primary judge - Failure to show any breach of
contract - Failure to prove lost chance.
6 June 2014 - Christian Youth Camps Limited & Ors v Cobaw Community Health Services & Ors
 VSCA 112
Costs – Appeal – Appellants failed on all grounds raised in notice of appeal – Second appellant succeeded
on point raised by Court – Whether second appellant entitled to costs – Written agreement between parties
to limit costs exposure – Whether agreement should be enforced – First appellant ordered to pay first
respondent’s costs up to agreed limit.
5 June 2014 - Inquest into the death of Constandia Petzierides COR 2010 001571
Death from haemothorax and dissecting thoracic aorta after discharge from emergency department.
28 May 2014 - Finding into death without Inquest of Susan Ingrid Robb COR 2011 3133
Death from mixed drug toxicity (Methadone, diazepam, clonazepam, amisulpride, olanzpine, haloperidol,
chlorpromazine and valproic acid).
28 May 2014 - Finding into death without Inquest of Margaret Webber 03813 / 2009
Death from aspiration of stomach contents and pneumonia while in care at a residential care facility.
30 May 2014 - Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia v Scott (Review and Regulation) 
Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (Vic), findings of unprofessional conduct.
30 May 2014 - Dental Board of Australia v Hussain (Review and Regulation)  VCAT 643
Review & regulation list – Dentists – Failure to gain required consents from persons living in aged care and
to keep proper clinical files – Health Professions Registration Act 2005.
23 May 2014 - Medicines advisory statements specification 2014 F2014L00693.
23 May 2014 - Therapeutic Goods Order No. 69D - Amendment to Therapeutic Goods Order No. 69 -
General requirements for labels for medicines (23/05/2014) F2014L00695.
29 May 2014 - Private Health Insurance (Registration) Amendment Rules 2014 (No. 1) F2014L00685.
16 May 2014 - Therapeutic Goods Order No. 70C - Standards for Export Only Medicine F2014L00683
• TGO 70C.
Sexual Reassignment (Recognition Certificates) Amendment Bill 2014 - introduced by Hon Tammy
Australia. Department of Health & Ageing
11 June 2014 - $700,000 Investment to support more medical trainees in Griffith.
Australia. Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the boards
5 June 2014 - Community and health practitioner feedback is sought on the draft supervision guidelines for
Chinese medicine practitioners. Consultation is open until 31 July 2014. Read Article
6 June 2014 - National Board invites participants to focus groups to explore potential models of supervision
for privately practising midwives. Read Article
10 June 2014 - The chiropractic Board releases its latest communiqué. Read Article
10 June 2014 - Nursing & midwifery national Board seeks suitably qualified and experienced parties to
carry out a comprehensive review of its brand identity. Read Article
10 June 2014 -The podiatry Board of Australia releases its latest communiqué. Read Article
11 June 2014 - The physiotherapy Board of Australia releases its latest communiqué. Read Article
Australia. National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
11 June 2014 - Top researchers recognised with NHMRC Excellence Awards. The NHMRC's top
prizes for excellence in health and medical research will be announced tonight at NHMRC’s 200th Council
Dinner. Federal Minister for Health Peter Dutton will be in attendance to present awards. NHMRC CEO
Professor Warwick Anderson praised the quality of the research being undertaken by the awardees.
‘Among this year’s twenty recipients are researchers whose work aims to deliver breakthroughs in areas
such as Alzheimer's disease, cancer and immune disease,' Professor Anderson said. Read Article
12 June 2014 - NHMRC celebrates 200th session. The 77 year old NHMRC will today hold its 200th
meeting, following a special Awards dinner attended by the Federal Minister for Health Peter Dutton
yesterday. In his address last night, NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson said that NHMRC has
provided the leadership and the vision necessary for the achievement of a range of important and historic
initiatives to improve the overall health and wellbeing of all Australians. Read Article
Australia. Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
13 June 2014 - Australian statistics on medicines and vaccines 2013. A report for 2013 has been
prepared for incorporation into the Department of Health publication Australian statistics on Medicines.
13 June 2014 - Medical device adverse event reports - statistics for 2013. Report for 2013 providing
statistics on adverse event reports relating to the use of medical devices in Australia.
12 June 2014 - Australian Public Assessment Reports for prescription medicines (AusPARs). Added
catridecacog (rys), etanercept (rch) and nonacog gamma.
12 June 2014 - BioCSL Fluvax - investigations into the cause of fevers in children under five years.
BioCSL has published its research into the cause of fevers in children under five years.
12 June 2014 - Therapeutic goods orders. Added links to TGO No. 70C - Standards for Export Only
Medicine and 69D - Amendment to TGO No. 69.
12 June 2014 - Public submissions on scheduling matters referred to Advisory Committee on
Medicines Scheduling (ACMS) #11 (March 2014) Further public submissions made in response to the
invitation for public submission on the proposed amendments to the Poisons Standard.
12 June 2014 - Documents released under Section 11C of the Freedom of Information Act 1982
Added FOI 247-1314 document.
11 June 2014 - Advisory committees on medicines & chemicals scheduling (ACMS & Advisory
Committee on Chemicals Scheduling). Updated ACMS and ACCS meeting dates & decisions
11 June 2014 - Therapeutic goods information specifications. Added link to Medicines Advisory
Statements Specification 2014.
10 June 2014 - Target evaluation times for over the counter (OTC) medicine applications Updated
target total evaluation and standard request for information response times.
10 June 2014 - Submissions and TGA response: Draft OTC medicine monographs for topical
imidazole antifungals, topical nasal decongestants and pholcodine. TGA response and submissions
received in response to the consultation.
10 June 2014 - Consultations on adoption of European Union guidelines in Australia: Outcome of
previous consultation. EU/ICH guidelines adopted by the TGA, effective 1 June 2014.
10 June 2014 - OTC medicine monograph: Topical nasal decongestants OTC medicine monograph on
topical nasal decongestants.
10 June 2014 - OTC medicine monograph: Pholcodine. OTC medicine monograph on pholcodine.
10 June 2014 - OTC medicine monograph: Topical imidazole antifungals for dermal use -
clotrimazole and miconazole nitrate. OTC medicine monograph on topical imidazole antifungal
6 June 2014 - Accu-Chek Spirit Combo insulin pump - serial numbers 10171897 to 10281629. Users
of Accu-Chek Spirit Combo insulin pumps with serial numbers between 10171897 and 10281629 are being
notified of a potential fault that may prevent treatment.
6 June 2014 - Accu-Chek Mobile blood glucose meter. There is a potential for incorrect blood glucose
readings as a result of users not following the device instructions.
6 June 2014 - Advisory Committee on the Safety of Vaccines (ACSOV). Meeting No. 5 scheduled 13
June, has been deferred.
Australian Institute of Health & Welfare
6 June 2014 - Projections of the prevalence of treated end-stage kidney disease in Australia: 2012-
2020 | media release.
11 June 2014 - Head and neck cancers in Australia | media release.
12 June 2014 - Children's headline indicators | media release.
13 June 2014 - National Opioid Pharmacotherapy Statistics 2013 | media release.
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
10 June 2014 – On the Radar – Issue 177 (PDF 129KB) (Word 122KB).
Australia. National Mental Health Commission
10 June 2014 - Mental Health in Multicultural Australia's (MHiMA) framework for mental health in
10 June 2014 - MHiMA’s draft multicultural mental health workforce strategy.
Australian Capital Territory. (ACT) Health Directorate
2 June 2014 - Smoke free future for ACT Health.
New South Wales. Ministry of Health
6 June 2014 - Green light for $300 million redevelopment of St George and Sutherland hospitals.
Policy Directives & Guidelines
11 June 2014 - Organ donation after circulatory death: New South Wales (NSW) guidelines
Queensland. Department of Health
6 June 2014 - Better health for the bush. A better health for the bush plan has been launched to
confront the challenges of delivering rural and remote healthcare in Queensland.
6 June 2014 - New allied health generalist graduate program aids rural needs. Rural and remote
health facilities are benefitting from a new Department of Health program designed to increase the number
of Allied Health graduates working in regional areas.
6 June 2014 - Queensland Mums given a head start. More than 60,000 Queensland mums have
benefited from the extra support and advice provided through the Queensland Government’s $28.9 million
mums and bubs initiative.
8 June 2014 - New defibrillators will help paramedics save more lives. Queensland’s paramedics will
soon be equipped with new life-saving defibrillators to help give them the edge when treating heart attack
8 June 2014 - New active limbs to help kids. More than 130 Queensland children born with a limb
deficiency, or who have had limbs amputated, will be able to live more active and fulfilling lives thanks to a
new Queensland Government program.
11 June 2014 - Health groups to get funding reprieve. Queensland health service organisations set to
lose their funding in changes laid out in the Commonwealth Government’s 2014-15 Budget will receive a
year’s reprieve from the State Government.
11 June 2014 - Funding boost for alcohol and drug services. Queenslanders who battle alcohol and
drug misuse will achieve better health outcomes with the Queensland Government providing $27.9 million
in funding to support programs over the next three years.
12 June 2014 - World’s largest Ronald McDonald House for Brisbane. Families of sick kids from rural
and regional Queensland will be able to stay closer to their son, daughter, brother or sister after the
construction of the world’s largest Ronald McDonald House.
12 June 2014 - Nurse endoscopy plan for Queensland. Queensland Health aims to have nurse
endoscopists in a number of hospitals from mid- 2014.
South Australia. Department for Health & Ageing
12 June 2014 - Snelling takes fight against health cuts to Sydney Hon Jack Snelling MP The fight against
the Federal Government’s savage Budget cuts to health will be taken to Sydney today with a meeting of
the Federal and State Health Ministers. Read Article
11 June 2014 - ED waiting times improve at Flinders Medical Centre Hon Jack Snelling MP A new way of
assessing patients much sooner at the Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) Emergency Department (ED) is
continuing to reduce waiting times for patients. Read Article
8 June 2014 - An inside look at a hospital like no other – the new Royal Adelaide hospital Hon Jack
Snelling MP For the first time, South Australians have the opportunity to take a virtual tour of the new
Royal Adelaide Hospital following the release of a brand new computer generated fly-through. Read
5 June 2014 - Lifetime support for those motorists catastrophically injured Hon Jack Snelling MP Motorists
who sustain lifelong disabilities in road accidents in South Australia will receive lifetime treatment, care and
support, regardless of fault, from next month as part of reforms to the Compulsory Third Party (CTP)
Insurance scheme. Read Article
Tasmania. Department of Health & Human Services
6 June 2014 - Big drop in smoking.
7 June 2014 - Wild shellfish warning.
Victoria. Department of Health
13 June 2014 - Labor and ambulance union stoop to new low. The State Opposition should be
ashamed that it has become the public mouthpiece of the militant ambulance union by exploiting cases of
family distress in pursuit of a political campaign, Minister for Health David Davis said today.
8 June 2014 - More neonatal intensive care units (NICU) cots for vulnerable newborns. Minister for
Health David Davis has announced the location of five additional cots for Victoria's neonatal intensive care
system, which looks after our sickest and most vulnerable newborns.
6 June 2014 - Victorian Coalition Government transforming alcohol and drug treatment services The
Victorian Coalition Government has today announced major changes that will improve the way alcohol and
drug treatment services are delivered across the state.
Western Australia. (WA) Department of Health
6 June 2014 - WA medical researchers get funding boost.
11 June 2014 - Final concrete poured at Perth children’s hospital.
Operational Directives (OD)
12 June 2014 - IC 0189/14 CUA 58810 S1400 Return Envelopes Cease of Operation S1400 Return to
Sender PO Box has ceased operation.
11 June 2014 - OD 0527/14 This OD describes the Healthcare Infection Surveillance Western Australia
(HISWA) program to monitor healthcare associated infections in WA. It outlines the mandatory surveillance
and reporting requirements for all WA public hospitals and licensed private healthcare facilities funded to
provide care to public patients.
New Zealand. Ministry of Health
6 June 2014 - Ministry brings in independent forensic auditors to provider. The Ministry of Health has
brought in PricewaterhouseCoopers to perform a forensic audit of independent disability support provider
Te Roopu Taurima O Manukau (Te Roopu). This audit will begin on Monday 9 June.
United Kingdom. Department of Health
12 June 2014 - Payment by results: costing in the National Health Scheme's (NHS). (Independent
12 June 2014 - Health select committee report on Public Health England: government response.
12 June 2014 - Report on abortion statistics in England and Wales for 2013. Statistics - national
statistics part of a collection: Abortion statistics, England and Wales.
12 June 2014 - Abortion statistics, England and Wales: 2013. (Statistical data set)
11 June 2014 - Special educational needs (SEN) code of practice and regulations. (Consultation
11 June 2014 - SEND code of practice: 0 to 25. (Statutory guidance)
11 June 2014 - Willful neglect or ill-treatment in health and social care. (Consultation outcome)
10 June 2014 - Implementing the 0 to 25 special needs system Guidance Part of a collection: Early
learning and childcare: guidance for providers.
10 June 2014 - NHS constitution: recommendations by expert advisory group. (Independent report)
10 June 2014 - Mental Capacity Act: government response to the House of Lords select committee
report. (Policy paper)
10 June 2014 - Government expanding support to beat homelessness.
9 June 2014 - General Practitioner (GP) and dental clinical educator pay scales (Guidance)
9 June 2014 - Department of Health (DH) exceptions to spending moratoria: 2013 to 2014.
Transparency data part of a collection: DH exceptions to spending moratoria.
9 June 2014 - Nutritional and health claims legislation bulletins 2014. (Guidance)
9 June 2014 - NHS pension scheme actuarial valuation. (Guidance)
9 June 2014 - DH non-executive appointments. (Guidance)
6 June 2014 - Child flu vaccine pilot has positive impact.
6 June 2014 - Improving dentistry. (Open consultation)
6 June 2014 - Care Act 2014: launch of care and support consultation.
6 June 2014 - Care Act 2014 Part 1: factsheets. (Guidance)
6 June 2014 - Updating our care and support system: draft regulations and guidance. (Open
Australian Medical Association (AuMA)
13 June 2014 - AuMA President, A/Prof Brian Owler, ABC News PM, Mark Colvin, 12 June 2014
Transcript AMA President, A/Prof Brian Owler, ABC News PM, Mark Colvin, 12 June 2014 Subject:
12 June 2014 - AuMA Transcript - AMA President, A/Prof Brian Owler, Doorstop Parliament House.
Transcript: AMA President, A/Prof Brian Owler, Parliament House Doorstop, 12 June 2014 Subject: COAG
Reform Council, co-payment.
12 June 2014 - Health system improvements threatened by Government's budget measures. AuMA
Response to COAG Reform Council Healthcare Performance Report 2012-13: five years of performance.
11 June 2014 - AuMA welcomes Government support for veterans of contemporary conflicts. AuMA
President, A/Prof Brian Owler, today congratulated the Government on its $5 million commitment to
undertake studies into the mental, physical, and social health of Australian Defence Force.
11 June 2014 - AuMA calls on Australian Government to make representations to support Turkish
doctors. The AuMA has written to Prime Minister Tony Abbott asking the Australian Government to call on
Turkish authorities to immediately drop legal action against Turkish doctors who provided emergency
medical care to people injured during protests in Istanbul in May.
11 June 2014 - Dr Meriam Yehya Ibrahim must be released from Sudanese prison immediately. The
AuMA is urging Prime Minister Tony Abbott to contact the President of the Republic of Sudan to request
the immediate, unconditional release from prison of young Sudanese doctor, Dr Meriam Yeyha.
10 June 2014 - Anti-smoking action must continue. AuMA President, A/Prof Brian Owler, said today
that all Australian governments must continue taking action to encourage people to stop smoking and
discourage others, especially young people, from taking up the killer habit.
5 June 2014 - Transcript: AMA President, A/Prof Brian Owler, Doorstop, 5 June 2014 Transcript: AMA
President, A/Prof Brian Owler, Doorstop, 5 June 2014 Subjects: Bureau of Health Information statistics, $7
GP co-payment model, pathology, radiology.
3 June 2014 - Transcript - AMA President, A/Prof Brian Owler, Sky News, 2 June 2014 Transcript:
AMA President, A/Prof Brian Owler, Sky News, 2 June 2014 Subject: GP co-payments.
British Medical Association
10 June 2014 - Health board invests in reducing waiting times.
5 June 2014 - GPs take to the streets over funding crisis.
Canadian Medical Association
10 June 2014 - Canadians ready to talk about death and dying. Canadians want open and frank
discussion about the issues surrounding death and dying.
American Medical Association
12 June 2014 - AMA continues work to reshape medical education.
12 June 2014 - AMA outlines ways to address physician shortages.
11 June 2014 - AMA adopts telemedicine policy to improve access to care for patients.