In the media

GP suspended for 15 months for having a sexual relationship with patient A Western Australian general practitioner has been reprimanded and had his registration suspended by a tribunal after he had a sexual relationship with a female patient (13 September 2019). More...

Research retracted following suspected organ harvesting Chinese researchers will have to prove transplanted organs used in their medical research were donated with consent or risk having their publications retracted, experts say (13 September 2019). More...

How rivalries between doctors and pharmacists turned into the ‘turf war’ we see today Would you like to go to your local pharmacy and buy prescription medicines without seeing the doctor first? Or would you like to collect your prescription medicines at the local supermarket? These are some of the options canvassed now the Commonwealth government is negotiating the seventh Community Pharmacy Agreement with pharmacists (10 September 2019). More...

More trouble for Queensland hospital software after statewide issues The multimillion-dollar electronic patient record software in Queensland hospitals crashed during a software update on Tuesday, forcing staff on to paper records (11 September 2019). More...

Practice and Regulation

Queensland Health: Maternity and Neonatal Clinical Guidelines Trauma in pregnancy (Updated Sep 2019) Last amended: Sept 2019: Review date: Sep 2024| Guideline: Trauma in pregnancy Guideline Supplement: Trauma in pregnancy

Cases

Health Ombudsman v Le Garde [2019] QCAT 260PROFESSIONS AND TRADES – HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS – NURSES – DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS – where the practitioner was a registered nurse – where the practitioner was charged and convicted of criminal offences – where the practitioner failed to disclose the charges and convictions to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia – where the conduct came to light by way of an anonymous tip – where the practitioner has a history of illicit drug use for which conditions were imposed by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia on her general registration – where there was non-compliance with the conditions imposed – where the respondent applied for and was granted non-practising registration – where the parties agree as to the characterisation of the conduct as professional misconduct – where the applicant submits that the respondent’s registration should be suspended for a period of six months – where the respondent submits that the period of non-practising registration should be viewed as a de facto suspension and the imposition of a further period of suspension would be punitive – whether the Tribunal should impose a period of suspension. Health Ombudsman Act 2013 Qld s 103, s 107 Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 Qld s 5, s 109, s 130