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Elaine Fabris

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P.   +61 3 9602 9430
O.   Melbourne

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About Elaine

Elaine is a Special Counsel and works in the Melbourne Health Law Division with Partner, John Petts. She has a unique set of skills and expertise gained through working as a health lawyer and medical negligence litigator, as a doctor in general practice and in hospitals, and as a Sessional Member of the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

Her experience includes:

  • Conduct of complex medical negligence litigation (such as catastrophic injury, birth asphyxia and ‘wrongful birth’ cases), coronial investigations and inquests, and complaints to the Health Services Commissioner.
  • Advising hospitals and other organisations on a broad range of ‘medico-legal’ issues such as confidentiality, investigation of adverse clinical events, consent, and responding to subpoenas.
  • Conduct of hearings in VCAT’s Guardianship, Civil Claims and Residential Tenancies Lists.
  • Sitting as a panel member hearing disciplinary matters involving doctors in VCAT’s Review and Regulation List.
  • Advising blood services on legal and risk management issues, particularly in relation to transfusion transmitted diseases.
  • Advising on legal and insurance issues relating to clinical research trials.

Elaine is the immediate past President of the Medico Legal Society of Victoria and a member of the Joint Medico-Legal Standing Committee of Law Institute of Victoria, Victorian Bar and Australian Medical Association. She is also fluent in Italian.


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