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Welcome to the second edition of Health Care Update, a publication Sparke Helmore has produced to provide information about legal issues and topics affecting health care providers and insurers.

In this issue, we look at what is expected of medical practitioners advising non-English speaking patients about the risks of surgery, in the context of the decision of Biggs v George [2016] NSWCA 113 (Biggs v George).

Following on from our first edition's feature article, we continue to explore the issue of health care professionals facing increasing violence in the workplace, with a focus on the Victorian health care system. We also provide a state-by-state round-up of legal developments. 

In recent news, we're proud to have been named "Insurance Specialist Firm of the Year" at the 2016 Australasian Law Awards.

Warning of material risks a matter of interpretation

Our feature article looks at what is expected of medical practitioners advising non-English speaking patients about the risks associated with medical procedures and obtain informed consent, in the context of Biggs v George [2016] NSWCA 11. Read more...

State-by-state round-up

There have been a number of developments in states across the country affecting health care practitioners and insurers. Importantly in Victoria, the Duckett report into Bacchus Marsh Hospital and the wider Victorian health system was released last Friday and is set to trigger an overhaul across the state. Read more... 

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