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2015 ASM Presentation – Margaret Stark, Forensic Physician, UK

Oct 16, 2015 | ASM Presentations

Drug Driving in the UK

Abstract

The UK have recently, March 2nd 2015, introduced limits for drig driving with a statutory ‘medical defence’. Drugwipes have been introduced for use at the roadside for cocaine and cannabis. Following a positive test the individual is taken to the police station for a confirmatory blood sample. All practitioners will have a duty to warn patients of the side effects of commonly prescribed benzodiazepines and opiates, among other potentially impairing drugs, in relation to driving. The offence of impairment will remain. So there will be a need for appropriately qualified experts (forensic physicians/scientists) to interpret the findings in cases where levels fall outside therapeutic range and tolerance has developed.

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MIIAA Annual Forum 2015

Oct 10, 2015 | Conferences And Events

“A Journey through Healthcare: Ethics, Medicine and Emerging Risks”

22-23 October 2015, Pullman Hyde Park, Sydney

The MIIAA Annual Forum is one of the key annual events in the medico-legal/medical indemnity calendar. Delegates come from a wide base and include representatives of medical indemnity organisations, medico-legal specialists, legal professionals, medical and healthcare practitioners, patient advocates, reinsurers and other financial services professionals.

If you are interested in learning more about how the evolution of medicine will impact on medical indemnity, join us in Sydney.

Click here for more information and to register.

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EACME 2016 Conference – Call for Abstracts

Oct 10, 2015 | Conferences And Events

“30 Years of European Bioethics”

8-10 September 2016, Leuven Belgium

In 2016, both the European Association of Centres of Medical Ethics (EACME) and the Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law of the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) will celebrate their 30th anniversary. An excellent occasion for the annual EACME Conference to reflect on the past, present and future challenges of European Bioethics. Where do we come from? What are the present issues at stake? And what will the future bring?

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2015 ASM Presentation – David Worth, Physiotherapist, SA

Oct 10, 2015 | ASM Presentations

Forensic Physiotherapy – A Proposed Model

Abstract

Traditionally physiotherapists have been reluctant to make themselves available to perform Independent Clinical Assessments, write medico-legal reports and give evidence as expert witnesses at court.

With an increasing focus on evidence based practice within the profession, physiotherapists are critically reviewing   their knowledge and experience in areas such as physical and functional capacity for work and the performance of activities of daily living and diagnosis.

In musculoskeletal disorders misdiagnosis in work related injury is not uncommon. This is likely to result in inappropriate treatment and poor outcome of treatment and return to work processes.

This presentation proposes a model, based on the principles of evidence based practice for physiotherapists interested in rigorous forensic exploration of factors involved in work injury to assist in efficient return to pre-injury job, differential diagnosis and effective recovery from work related injury.

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2015 ASM Presentation – Brad Wright, Barrister, QLD

Oct 10, 2015 | ASM Presentations

Current Issues with Contractors in Health Practice: Contractors or Employees and Restraint

Abstract

With the preponderance of Health practitioners’ engagement presently as independent contractors as opposed to employees in the private sector, there is great uncertainty about the characterisation of these engagements. Secondly the issue of restraints for employees as opposed to vendors continues to cause problems particularly for junior practitioners. The present law and the practicalities will be reviewed.

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