Health Business Newsletter: November 2015
In this issue:
The case of Khoo v South Western Sydney Local Health District  NSWCATAD 183 underlines the potential difficulties faced by health service providers when determining whether to provide clinical records of a deceased to family members under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW).
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) recently released 11 draft business resources for health service providers and 2 fact sheets dealing with health privacy issues.
In May 2015 the Royal Commission held a public hearing into institutional responses to allegations of child sexual abuse in public hospitals and private medical practices in New South Wales and Victoria. As part of its inquiry, the Royal Commission also examined the responses of the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC), the then NSW Medical Board, and the Medical Council of NSW to complaints of child sexual abuse.
The Supreme Court of Victoria has granted an interlocutory injunction to a medical practice against a Doctor it formerly employed, after the Doctor commenced practising in a medical practice 6 kilometres away from his former medical practice.
Many of the Medical Colleges have extensive policies setting out the process which trainees or Fellows must follow in the event an issue or difficulty arises. For trainees or Fellows who may be in disagreement with their College, it is prudent to seek advice at an early stage to ensure that they are familiar with their rights and obligations under the applicable policies, and that they exercise their rights in a timely manner in order that rights of review or appeal are not lost.