As the saying goes, “You don’t know what you don’t know” and MIGA’s risk education is aimed at providing doctors, midwives and practice companies with information and tools on how complaints and claims arise, the factors that contribute to them and how they can be managed and possibly avoided.
Finding out the Coroner is investigating a patient’s death can spark concern in the mind of a practitioner. You may receive communication soon after the death whilst everything is fresh in your mind. However, it can be months or even years after the patient has died when the Coroner requests information.
A recent enquiry was a request from a son of a deceased patient for a copy of his parent’s clinical records. However he didn’t have authority to access them as the Public Trustee was the named executor in the Will. The initial request was made by the son by phone.
With further research and more real-life experience, ATAGI and RANZCOG recently announced changes to the recommendations for Covid-19 vaccination in women who are trying to get pregnant or are pregnant as well as those breast-feeding.
To say that medical practitioners work in a pressured environment is, perhaps, an understatement. But with the arrival of COVID-19 this has certainly been taken to the next level.
MIGA regularly receives calls from clients for assistance in managing disputes between employees. Getting this process right as an employer can often be confusing. Achieving a safe and healthy work environment while ensuring the rights of employees are protected can be a balancing act.
On 1 July 2021 a voluntary assisted dying (VAD) scheme commenced in Western Australia. WA is the second state to introduce a VAD regime after Victoria and more regimes are coming or being debated.
The ‘world view’ is changing on the use of addictive drugs as the first line treatment in managing chronic pain. Across the globe there are growing numbers of avoidable deaths being recorded from misuse of prescription opioids. Australia is not immune to this phenomenon.
MIGA’s Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, 20 November 2021. It will be held in conjunction with a Risk Management Conference in Adelaide at the Hilton Hotel, Adelaide.