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COVID-19 and Vaccinations – The balance employers need to strike

Australia’s employment laws and regulations can be complex when applied to real world situations. Complexity, change and adaptability are challenges that all business and their employees are having to negotiate across 2021 and into 2022. As COVID adapts into increasingly threatening strains, organisations are forced to respond with new policies and approaches to reflect our changing circumstances. Some, but not all, of those changes are either mandated or guided by Government directions, laws and responses. Additionally, not all government directions cover all situations or industries.
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2018 Premier's Teacher Scholarship for Health and Wellbeing has been awarded to Darren Lang

On behalf of Hicksons we would like to congratulate Darren Lang, a teacher who is the head dean of PDHPE and Sport at a Sydney High School, who last year was awarded the 2019 Premier’s Teacher Scholarship for Health and Wellbeing - a scholarship that Hicksons proudly sponsors.

Legislative amendments affecting the health sector

On 14 February 2018 the Health Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 ( was passed by both House of Parliament.
  • 26 Feb 2018


Reducing suicide and deliberate self-harm in mental health in patient units

Recommendations have been made in the coronial jurisdiction following an inquest into the death of a patient in a declared mental health inpatient unit.
  • 6 Feb 2018


Forged consent forms lead to suspended registration

A medical specialist has been prosecuted for professional misconduct and had their registration suspended after forging consent forms for over 30 patients.

To reveal or not to reveal – Privacy vs disclosure

The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (the Tribunal) was asked to review a decision made by a Local Health District (LHD) pursuant to the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009  (the GIPA application) to withhold certain information from the applicant. 
  • 23 Oct 2017


Hicksons 2017 Health Law Forum Wrap Up

On 15 March 2017 we were delighted to host our annual Health Law Forum. The Forum is designed to provide those working in the health care sector with a series of presentations from eminent speakers that address both legal issues and challenges facing the health sector generally.
  • 21 Apr 2017


Medical practitioner was recently found guilty of Professional Misconduct

A medical practitioner was recently found guilty of professional misconduct in relation to his assessment of a patient in an emergency department on one occasion, his prescription of schedule 4 drugs and his relationship with her during a subsequent 3 week period.
  • 8 Apr 2016


Queensland’s Mental Health Bill passed by Parliament

The Mental Health Bill 2015 (Bill) was passed by Queensland Parliament on 18 February 2016. It repeals and replaces the Mental Health Act 2000.
  • 1 Mar 2016


Practitioners having personal or sexual relationships with those close to a patient is considered to be a boundary violation

A recent Tribunal decision provides a reminder for practitioners that having personal and sexual relationships with those close to a patient is considered to be as much a boundary violation as having such relationships with patients.
  • 26 Feb 2016


Guardianship order in relation to a patient who suffers from a mental illness

The Guardianship Division of the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Tribunal) was recently required to consider an application for a guardianship order in relation to a patient who suffers from a mental illness. 
  • 18 Feb 2016

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