The Checkup
The Case of Keli Lane - Part 2: The psychology of secret pregnancies

The Case of Keli Lane - Part 2: The psychology of secret pregnancies

July 2, 2019

For those not familiar with Keli Lane’s story, she is a former Australian water polo player who made headlines throughout the country when her baby mysteriously went missing, sparking a coronial inquest into her disappearance. In December 2010, Keli was convicted of murder and sentenced to 18 years in prison. 

In Part 2, BN's Sarah Carlisle is joined by Kathryn Smith, a clinical psychologist and the joint director of a large private practice in Brisbane. Kathryn has a broad range of experience which includes a stint working in a large maternity hospital providing psychological support to women during pregnancy and in the post-natal period. They discuss the psychology behind secret pregnancies and the significance of perinatal and postnatal mental disorders, both in that context and more generally.

The Case of Keli Lane - Part 1: Maternal healthcare issues and pre and postnatal hospital care

The Case of Keli Lane - Part 1: Maternal healthcare issues and pre and postnatal hospital care

June 17, 2019

For those not familiar with Keli Lane’s story, she is a former Australian water polo player who made headlines throughout the country when her baby mysteriously went missing, sparking a coronial inquest into her disappearance. In December 2010, Keli was convicted of murder and sentenced to 18 years in prison. 

In Part 1 of the series, BN's Sarah Carlisle is joined by Dr Baade, an obstetrician and gynaecologist at Brisbane’s Mater Hospital, to discuss the maternal healthcare issues arising out of a case like Keli Lane’s, and pre and postnatal care provided by hospitals to new mums.

Episode 8: Medical treatment for children – when do court orders become necessary?

Episode 8: Medical treatment for children – when do court orders become necessary?

May 20, 2019

In this episode BN's Sam Pillay and Emma Harman are lucky enough to be joined by Matthew Hickey, barrister at Level 27 Chambers in Brisbane. Together they look at when court orders are necessary to authorise the medical treatment of a child, how the courts become involved and what factors they consider in reaching a decision.

Episode notes:

  • Baby K case - Children's Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service v AT [2018] QSC 147 (14 June 2018)
  • Gillick v West Norfolk AHA [1986] AC 112
  • Marion’s case (1992) 175 CLR 218
  • Baby Mohammed - TS & DS v Sydney Children's Hospital Network ("Mohammed's case") [2012] NSWSC 1609 (24 December 2012)
Episode 7: The do’s and don’ts of clinical record keeping for nurses

Episode 7: The do’s and don’ts of clinical record keeping for nurses

May 2, 2019

Good health care starts with good communication, and this starts with accurate clinical record keeping. Nursing is a 24 hour job, and as practitioners pass the baton onto the next shift, precise record keeping is imperative to ensure clinical disasters are averted.

In this episode of The Checkup, BN's Jodeen Brewer is joined by Melinda Zerner QC to discuss the do's and don'ts of clinical record keeping, and explore a real life example of where poor record keeping contributed to the avoidable death of a patient.

This episode of The Checkup was recorded and edited by Audio Advantage - www.audioadvantage.com.au

 

Episode 6: Giving evidence in court - tips and traps

Episode 6: Giving evidence in court - tips and traps

April 9, 2019

BN's Jasmin Sears in joined by Kathryn McMillan QC to discuss some tips and traps for medical professionals who might find themselves appearing in court to give evidence.

This episode of The Checkup was recorded and edited by Audio Advantage - www.audioadvantage.com.au

Episode 5: Are your employees making you vulnerable to cyber threats?

Episode 5: Are your employees making you vulnerable to cyber threats?

March 27, 2019

In a report released by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) mid last year, it was revealed that:

  1. the main target for cyber criminals is the healthcare industry, and
  2. the largest cause of data breaches in Australia, following criminal attacks, is just simple human error.

In this episode of The Checkup, BN's Robert Samut and Katrina Mawer are joined by Patricia McMillan, author and cyber security awareness expert, to discuss the role employees play in data and cyber breaches, and what we can do as organisations in the healthcare industry to protect against that vulnerability.

This episode of The Checkup was recorded and edited by Audio Advantage - www.audioadvantage.com.au

Episode 4: Doctors behaving badly

Episode 4: Doctors behaving badly

March 12, 2019

BN's Sarah Hull and Gillian Sheppard explore the world of badly behaved doctors and medical professionals - think intoxicated scrub nurses, inappropriate relationships between professionals and patients, and under qualified specialists. And provide some tips for what you should do if you're a health care professionals and a complaint is made against you.

 

This episode of The Checkup was recorded and edited by Audio Advantage - www.audioadvantage.com.au

Episode 3: Mandatory reporting - what happens when a doctor is depressed?

Episode 3: Mandatory reporting - what happens when a doctor is depressed?

February 25, 2019

Unfortunately, the stigma that surrounds mental health within Australia’s health care industry has deterred doctors from looking after their mental health – whether by taking time off, or seeking professional treatment.

In Episode 3 of The Checkup, BN health law solicitors Sarah Hull and Olivia Pine discuss how the current mandatory reporting requirements under the Health Practitioner National Law have the potential to deter practitioners from seeking treatment for mental health issues.

If you need to talk to someone about your mental health, please don't hesitate to call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue on 1300 224 636.

This episode of The Checkup was recorded and edited by Audio Advantage - www.audioadvantage.com.au

Episode 2: A complication or medical negligence… when are doctors liable to their patients?

Episode 2: A complication or medical negligence… when are doctors liable to their patients?

February 14, 2019

Not all negligence cases are as dramatic as amputating the wrong limb or leaving a sponge inside a patient after surgery. They are usually far less obvious, and it can be difficult to determine whether a doctor has breached his or her duty of care.

BN Senior Associates Melissa Carius and Emma Harman discuss where we draw the line between a complication and negligence.

Episode notes: https://www.queenslandjudgments.com.au/case/id/87087

This episode of The Checkup was recorded and edited by Audio Advantage - www.audioadvantage.com.au

Episode 1: Innovation in healthcare - Medtasker

Episode 1: Innovation in healthcare - Medtasker

January 29, 2019

BN's Sam Pillay talks to Dr Andrew Yap, CEO and co-founder of Medtasker, a mobile communication and task management platform for hospitals. 

They discussed how Dr Yap's experiences as a young doctor led him to establish Medtasker, and how Medtasker is working to improve patient safety, increase efficiency in organisations and reduce medico-legal risks.

This episode of The Checkup was recorded and edited by Audio Advantage - www.audioadvantage.com.au