In the media

Court orders Ashley & Martin to refund consumers over unfair contract terms The Federal Court has ordered hair loss treatment business Ashley & Martin to refund money paid by consumers as a result of unfair terms contained in its ‘Personal RealGROWTH Program’ hair loss treatment program. Consumers faced losing hundreds or thousands of dollars if they cancelled the contract, after considering medical advice or even if they developed side effects to the prescribed medication (24 October 2019). More...

Medical indemnity reform wins Strong advocacy efforts over two years has paid off, with the AMA securing bipartisan political support for medical indemnity stability. The Medical and Midwife Indemnity Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 will ensure the AMA’s hard-won medical indemnity reforms of 2002 will continue to provide confidence for doctors, their patients, and insurers (22 October 2019). More...

Medevac is working and should remain The AMA has joined 11 Medical Colleges in calling on Australian lawmakers to keep intact the Medevac legislation that gives doctors proper say over the health of asylum seekers on Manus and Nauru (22 October 2019). More...

Overworked junior doctors scared of making mistakes: AMAQ Almost half of Queensland's junior doctors working in the public system are concerned they are so exhausted that they will make a clinical error, the state's peak doctors association has warned (24 October 2019). More...

Practice and Regulation

Supervised practice framework The proposed Supervised practice framework aims to replace the current supervision guidelines for all professions apart from pharmacy and psychology. Read the proposed supervised practice framework and consultation paper on the Consultation section of the Board’s website. Consultations section of the Board’s website. The consultation closes on 17 December 2019. More...

Cases

Russell and Comcare (Compensation) [2019] AATA 4363The Tribunal sets aside the decision under review WORKERS’ COMPENSATION – shoulder bursitis – disease – aggravation of ailment – causation – repetitive and intense activities using computer keyboard and mouse – consideration of articles reviewing relevant epidemiological studies – consideration of conflicting medical evidence – employment contributed to, to a significant degree, the aggravation of the disease – decision set aside and substituted – issue of costs reserved