Welcome to the seventh issue of Health Care Update. You might notice we've changed things up, with a completely new design and new feel to the content. Our editorial team would love to hear what you think about the new Health Care Update, so please send us an email.

In this issue:

  • We look at the trends from the first year of the Notifiable Data Breaches scheme being operational and what this means for insurers and claimants. 
  • People with a terminal illness can be significantly impacted by delays in litigation—we examine some of the challenges they can face. 
  • Individuals are increasingly bringing defamation proceeding against other individuals, associations or incorporated entities—we discuss how this is reflected in the healthcare industry.
  • Victorians who meet strict criteria can now ask for help to end their life under the State’s landmark voluntary euthanasia laws. We review the obligations that health practitioners and lawyers need to understand under the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 (Vic).
  • There's been an increase in serious injuries and claims for physical and psychological injury caused by cosmetic procedures, and we look at the problems that insurers have when providing cover and responding to claims.  

We also take you through a number of legal developments affecting healthcare practitioners and insurers in Western Australia, Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.

Click the image to open a PDF version of the publication. You can also access a print-friendly version of the PDF here. On behalf of the team, I hope you enjoy this issue.

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