Lawyers flock to biggest-ever Medical Law conference

28th Jul 2015

More than 100 lawyers from across Australia will be attending the upcoming Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) annual Medical Law Conference.

The conference is being held at the Swissotel Sydney on Friday 31 July 2015 from 8.30am and will examine legal issues ranging from the National Disability Insurance Scheme through to Medical Tourism and the most recent High Court pronouncements on duty of care.

ALA Medical Negligence Speciality Interest Group Chairperson David Hirsch said the MedLaw Conference would be an outstanding networking opportunity, with the more than 100 registered delegates making the event the biggest medical law conference ever held by the ALA.

Mr Hirsch said the conference had a packed program, demonstrating the commitment that the ALA had to the professional development of the local legal community.

“This year the Australian Lawyers Alliance’s Medical Law Conference will explore a range of issues that will give medical negligence lawyers from across the country the edge in their business,” Mr Hirsch said.

“Having NSW District Court Judge L.A. Levy SC as the keynote speaker discussing the NSW Civil Liability Act 2002 is a measure of the quality of the speakers and their material which will be presented at the conference.”

“With the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme accelerating, issues such as care arrangements for persons badly injured by substandard medical care who require ongoing support and resources to live a full and productive life will certainly be up for discussion,” Mr Hirsch said.

Other conference topics will include:

  • Psychological/Psychiatric Injury Following Gynaecological Injuries: Associate Professor Carolyn Quadrio, Consultant Psychiatrist, UNSW School of Psychiatry  
  • Critically Impaired Infants and End of Life Decision Making – Resource Allocation and Difficult Decisions: Dr Neera Bhatia, Lecturer in Law, Deakin University
  • What A Medical Negligence Lawyer Needs To Know Now About The NDIS And NIIS: Jane Campbell, Principal, Aeran
  • Jurisdictional Issues Associated With Medical Tourism: Victoria Gallanders, Associate, Stacks Goudkamp
  • Paramedics and the Ambulance Services – An Emerging Profession?: Anthony Hucker ASM, A/Director, Clinical Quality and Patient Safety Unit, QLD Ambulance Service
  • Familial Cancer: Prof. Allan Spigelman, Director of Hereditary Cancer Clinic, St Vincent’s Hospital           

The conference attracts up to 6 CLE/CPD points and is attended by plaintiff and defendant lawyers as well as representatives of the various regulators and insurers.

The Australian Lawyers Alliance is a national, non-profit association that promotes justice, freedom and the rights of the individual.


The full conference program can be found here.