Calwell woman settles lawsuit against Canberra Hospital, doctors for $12m

SMH, 13 February 2017
Author: Alexandra Back
“A Calwell woman who was suing the Canberra Hospital and two doctors over alleged failures stemming from migraine drug treatment has settled the case for $12 million. It had been alleged that as a result of the alleged failures, Stacey Louise Cave, 40, suffered a stroke and brain damage, and was left dependent on a wheelchair.”
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ACT Health Minister announces data collection review after concerns about accuracy

SMH, 14 February 2017
Author: Katie Burgess
“The accuracy of ACT Health’s performance figures are again under scrutiny, more than five years after an employee was stood down for doctoring emergency service data. ACT health minister Meegan Fitzharris has ordered an urgent review into ACT Health’s data collection after the department failed to provide figures on its emergency department to the Productivity Commission for its annual comparison of the performance of states and territories.”
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Palliative care and voluntary-assisted dying: the common ground

MJA Insight, 6 February 2017
Author: Ian Maddocks
“Advocates for palliative care and voluntary-assisted dying (VAD) have been formidable warriors, on opposite sides in the public debate about the legalisation of euthanasia. Now, when there is the prospect of the introduction of VAD legislation in Victoria in the foreseeable future, is it time to explore ways to affirm them both, and to ask whether they are, in some way, complementary?”
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Remote monitoring of medical devices in Australia

Med J Aust 2017; 206 (2): 62-63
Authors: Bradley Wilsmore, James Leitch
“The collection, storage and distribution of remote monitoring information by industry are not clearly regulated. Regulation is complex, given all current industry providers have offshore servers and local distribution of data. While some companies have adopted a worldwide information security management system standard (ISO 27001), regulation has been company dependent and the current system is largely self-regulated by industry at the local level. This raises further issues and may exacerbate the potential for a conflict of interest regarding industry involvement.”
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Thousands of pacemakers and defibrillators ‘at risk of hacking’

SMH, 6 February 2017
Author: Julia Medew
“Thousands of Australians with pacemakers and defibrillators in their hearts are at risk of cyber security breaches that could allow somebody to kill them, doctors say. Some cardiologists are also concerned that the multi-billion dollar medical device industry has too much control over devices being implanted in Australians, and that this could lead to over-servicing to boost profits.”
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Never mind America, access to abortion is a ‘nightmare’ for many Australians

The Guardian, 30 January 2017
Author: Van Badham
“It may surprise many Australians to learn that even though the ACT, Tasmania and Victoria have recently passed legislation that prevents anti-choice activists harassing women around health clinics, only the ACT allows women to access safe, legal abortion-on-demand at any time.”
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Medical practitioner reprimanded by tribunal for unprofessional performance

Medical Board of Australia, 16 January 2017
“A tribunal has reprimanded a medical practitioner and ordered him to pay a fine of $2,500 plus costs incurred by the Medical Board of Australia (the Board) for behaving in a way that constitutes unsatisfactory professional performance.”
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