Doctors blame media for scaring patients off vaginal mesh implants

The Guardian, 6 October 2017
Author: Melissa Davey
“Inaccurate media reporting about vaginal mesh implants and the lawsuits associated with them has caused patients to become fearful of mesh procedures that may be essential to improving their health, New Zealand general surgeon Dr Steven Kelly says.”
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Hampshire v Medical Council of NSW [2017] NSWCATOD 140

Decision date: 29 September 2017
“On 4 August 2017 delegates of the respondent Medical Council of NSW determined to suspend the registration of the applicant Dr Robert Hampshire as a medical practitioner pursuant to the provisions of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (“the National Law”). Written reasons for their decision were issued by the delegates on 25 August 2017. On 16 August 2017 the applicant instituted appeal proceedings from the decision to suspend his registration, and on the same day filed an application for a stay of the order of suspension. It is that stay application which is the subject of these reasons for decision.”
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Aid-in-dying laws and the physician’s duty to inform

Journal of Medical Ethics 2017; 43: 666-669.
Author: Mara Buchbinder
“On 19 July 2016, three medical organisations filed a federal lawsuit against representatives from several Vermont agencies over the Patient Choice and Control at End of Life Act. The law is similar to aid-in-dying (AID) laws in four other US states, but the lawsuit hinges on a distinctive aspect of Vermont’s law pertaining to patients’ rights to information. The lawsuit raises questions about whether, and under what circumstances, there is an ethical obligation to inform terminally ill patients about AID as an end-of-life option. Much of the literature on clinical communication about AID addresses how physicians should respond to patient requests for assisted dying, but neglects the question of how physicians should approach patients who may not know enough about AID to request it.”
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Sarvestani v State of Queensland (Metro South Hospital and Health Service) [2017] QIRC 085

Decision date: 22 September 2017
“INDUSTRIAL LAW – APPLICATION FOR REINSTATEMENT – Termination of employment ? Dismissal ? Witness evidence ? Serious assault of a patient – Disciplinary process – Mitigation – Were the mitigating factors significant – Was the termination harsh – Termination not harsh, unjust or unreasonable – Application dismissed.”
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Pierides v Monash Health (No 2)

Decision date: 21 September 2017
“PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE – Medical negligence claim – Duties of legal practitioners to court – Failure to disclose existence of expert evidence in a timely manner – Leave sought by defendant to adduce additional expert evidence – Leave should be granted – Civil Procedure Act 2010, ss 7-9 – Supreme Court (General Civil Procedure) Rules 2015, Order 44.”
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Slapping therapist accused of causing boy’s death said Western medicine was poison, court told

SMH, 4 October 2017
Author: Harriet Alexander
“A Chinese “self-healing promoter” accused of causing the death of a six-year-old boy allegedly described Western medicine as “poison” and encouraged diabetics to participate in slapping therapy instead of taking their insulin.”
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Children can decide their medical treatments under Victoria’s unique advance directive laws

The Conversation, 4 October 2017
Author: Carolyn Johnston
“Writing an advance care directive is part of the planning process, but a directive means the person’s preferences are bound to be followed by law. All states and territories have varying laws enabling adults to make advance care plans or directives. In Victoria, new legislation will come into effect in March 2018, creating clear obligations for health practitioners to respect advance directives.”
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Mental health and human rights in Russia—a flawed relationship

The Lancet, 390 (10102), p1613–1615, September 2017
Author: Robert van Voren
“When the Soviet Union disintegrated in 1991, new independent psychiatric associations were established in many of the former Soviet republics, and groups of reform-minded psychiatrists initiated projects to discard the old Soviet psychiatric system, a system notorious for its political abuse of psychiatry and characterised by an almost exclusively biological orientation and institutional form of care. Russia was no exception and even boasted some of the most prominent mental health reformers, such as psychiatrist Yuri Nuller in St Petersburg and the Moscow-based lawyer Svetlana Polubinskaya, an associate of the Institute of State and Law who formulated the Soviet Union’s last law on psychiatric help and Russia’s first law on psychiatric care, which was adopted in 1992.”
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