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Royal Commission hearings wrap up

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety had its final hearings wrap up…

Budget 2020 failed to address the urgent and life-threatening issues in aged care

The 2020 federal budget has failed to address the systemic problems in aged care that…

Media spotlight on regional NSW hospitals’ under-resourcing and systemic failures

Weekend media reports of incidents at Dubbo and Taree hospitals show the need for government…

Hunter Lawyer wins Australian Law Award – Regional Lawyer of the Year

Hunter health and aged care lawyer, Catherine Henry, has taken out a top honour at…

July 1 Medical Indemnity Law Reform to be tested to help victims of disgraced Dr Blackstock

The specialist health and medical law firm representing 65 victims of disgraced cosmetic surgeon, Dr…

Australia needs more than a Commission to fix rural and regional healthcare

The Australian Government needs to do much more than extend the Office of the National…

Inquiry into Newmarch House deaths needed

The tragic number of deaths at Newmarch House exposes all that is wrong with Australia’s…

COVID-19 highlights the importance of living wills

The COVID-19 pandemic is demonstrating the importance and usefulness of advance care directives (ACDs) –…

New reports show Australia lagging internationally on aged care

Two new major reports for the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety by…

Catherine Henry Lawyers again recognised in list of top medical negligence lawyers

Leading health and medical lawyer Catherine Henry and her firm have both been recognised in…

Redraft of the aged care act needed

The Aged Care Act 1997 needs to be rewritten to improve safety and quality in…

Catherine Henry a Finalist in Business Awards

The founder and Principal of Catherine Henry Lawyers has been named as a finalist in…

Elder abuse: key issues and emerging evidence

The Australian Institute of Family Studies has release a paper Elder abuse: key issues and…

Abortion reform put back in wake of election

The return of Liberal/National party governments at both state and federal level in recent elections…

Vulnerable older Australians miss out in Budget

This week’s Federal Budget did little for older Hunter people, particularly the growing number of…

Hunter law firm first to use University of Newcastle designed elder abuse toolkit

Hunter-based law firm, Catherine Henry Lawyers, is one of the first organisations in Australia to…

International Women’s Day marked with free law resource for women

To mark International Women’s Day (March 8) a Newcastle and Hunter law firm has launched…

Catherine Henry Lawyers recognised in list of top medical negligence lawyers

Two lawyers from a Hunter based law firm, Catherine Henry Lawyers, have made the list…

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15)  shines a spotlight on increasing financial abuse. Local…

Palliative Care Week: Local People Under-Utilising Essential Tools for End of Life Planning

A leading Hunter law firm says local people are under utilising such as advance care…

New Aged Care Watchdog Again Fails to Deal with Key Issue of Inadequate Staffing Requirements

Newcastle-based lawyer and Australian expert in aged care and health law, Catherine Henry, has criticised…

Budget Reaction:  Failure To Tackle Key Issues For Aged Care Residents


Why rural and regional residents shouldn’t be afraid to “rock the boat” after a bad medical result.

Too many people living in regional New South Wales are reluctant to seek answers from…

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Opinion | COVID-19 exposes systemic cracks in aged care sector

06 OCTOBER 2020

A scathing report on the ineffectiveness of the response of governments and the aged care sectors to the pandemic has been handed to the Governor-General and table in Australian parliament.

Meet Victoria Theatre Founding Ambassador Catherine Henry and her firm Catherine Henry Lawyers

25 MAY 2020

Catherine Henry is a well-known and highly respected health and aged care lawyer with more than 30 years’ experience in this specialist field of law.  She is in demand as a media commentator on legal issues and is regularly approached for interviews on issues involving health law and on aged care reform.

Looking overseas for ways to fix aged care - Newcastle Herald

12 FEBRUARY 2020

Two new major reports for the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety by Flinders University researchers show that Australia is lagging well behind other countries when it comes to aged-care funding, staffing and innovation.

Three and a half months in an aged care facility killed June Freeman because of negligent treatment - Daily Telegraph

01 DECEMBER 2019

June Freeman was a vibrant woman at 87 years young, but just three and a half months in an aged care facility at Newcastle saw her health quickly deteriorate, and ultimately what killed her.

'Let down by the system': royal commission forum in Newcastle hears of Hunter aged care failures - Newcastle Herald

27 NOVEMBER 2019

Georgie Schofield’s dad was in his early 70s when he died at a Hunter aged care home four years ago.

A Hunter woman has taken legal action against suspended cosmetic surgeon Dr Les Blackstock after botched breast augmentation and multiple surgeries - Newcastle Herald

20 JULY 2019

A Hunter woman is urging others to “do their research” before going under the knife after her experience at the hands of the now suspended cosmetic surgeon, Dr Leslie Blackstock.

Abortion reform put back in wake of election - Newcastle Herald

29 MAY 2019

The return of Liberal/National party governments at both state and federal level in recent elections has undoubtedly set back the cause of abortion reform – an issue that the vast majority of the voting public have consistently supported.

Budget a missed opportunity to improve the lives of older Australians - Newcastle Herald

5 APRIL 2019

The federal budget did little for older Hunter people, particularly the growing number of vulnerable people needing aged care at home or in facilities.

International Women’s Day marked with free law resource for women - Hunter Headline & ABC Radio

8 MARCH 2019

To mark International Women’s Day (March 8) a Newcastle and Hunter law firm has launched a new, free e-resource to help women navigate the legal system.

Aged care staffing numbers "woeful", says Newcastle lawyer - ABC Radio Newcastle

11 FEBRUARY 2019

The spotlight is on the quality and safety of the aged care system this week, with the first hearing of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety starting this morning in Adelaide.

Tackling insidious spread of elder abuse - Newcastle Herald

20 JUNE 2018

Monique Smiles, of Catherine Henry Lawyers, shines a spotlight on elder abuse in the Hunter as well as how we can better protect our loved ones who are growing older.

New aged-care policy falls woefully short - Newcastle Herald

27 APRIL 2018

Principal, Catherine Henry, comments on the Federal Government’s latest aged-care policy announcement, which falls significantly short of what’s required to address the crisis in the sector.

Report on Aged Cared Negligence - 2NURFM

16 JUNE 2017

Families in the Hunter are welcoming a report by the Australian Law Reform Commission on the negligence of our elderly in aged care facilities.

Nursing home sued over death - Newcastle Herald

30 OCTOBER 2016

Vera Crebert was 87 when her family reluctantly decided to place her into an aged care facility.

A healthy approach to law - Newcastle Herald

15 JUNE 2015

Former Newcastle Law Society president Ms Henry, the daughter of former Newcastle City councillor Margaret, said the decision to relocate from Hunter Street to 133 King Street was to accommodate her 27 staff.

COVID-19 shows the cracks in our aged care system

20 AUGUST 2020

What we are seeing unfold in Victoria’s residential aged care facilities is a nightmare that could easily happen in other parts of Australia.

Coronial inquest to probe St Basil's deaths

07 AUGUST 2020

Families of residents who died at St Basil’s aged care home have welcomed a coronial investigation into what went wrong at the Melbourne facility.

Catherine Henry Lawyers in the running for two Australian Law Awards

02 AUGUST 2020

Regional NSW based law firm, Catherine Henry Lawyers, is in the running for two prestigious Australian Law Awards.

A Rural Health Commission must act quickly to save lives and livelihoods - Newcastle Herald

18 JUNE 2020

The Federal Government needs to do more than extend the Office of the National Rural Health Commissioner to tackle the disproportionately greater number of poor health outcomes experienced by regional patients.

Coronavirus: Newmarch House deserves stand-alone inquiry, Newcastle advocate says - Newcastle Herald

07 MAY 2020

Newcastle aged care advocate and lawyer Catherine Henry says an examination of the spate of coronavirus deaths at Sydney’s Newmarch House “will get lost” unless it is kept separate.

New CEO appointed at Hunter law firm, Catherine Henry Lawyers - Hunter Headline

27 NOVEMBER 2019

Newcastle-based law firm, Catherine Henry Lawyers, has appointed Stephen Phillips to the new position of CEO.

Redraft of aged care law needed to improve care - Mirage News

30 OCTOBER 2019

The Aged Care Act 1997 needs to be rewritten to improve safety and quality in aged care says the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) ahead of the release of the preliminary report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

It's time to finally act on our aged care crisis - Newcastle Herald

19 AUGUST 2019

Last week’s Brisbane hearings of the Aged Care royal commission highlighted fundamental problems with the regulation of our aged care system.

Mistakes and medical negligence claims in Hunter New England Health cost taxpayers $69 million in two years - Newcastle Herald

29 JUNE 2019

Hunter New England Health has paid out more than $69 million in taxpayer funds for medical mistakes in the past two years, but the local health district will not provide details of the claims, despite having done so in the past.

Prenups ‘fair, but not for us’: Research - My Business

17 MAY 2019

New research by ME Bank suggests that 74 per cent of Australians believe prenuptial agreements are fair and have merit; however, only 18 per cent of married couples have one — despite the risks, particularly for business owners.

Hunter law firm first to use University of Newcastle designed toolkit on elder abuse - Hunter Headline

4 APRIL 2019

Hunter-based law firm, Catherine Henry Lawyers, is one of the first organisations in Australia to use a new, first of its kind, tool-kit designed to help the nation’s lawyers better identify and combat the growing problem of elder abuse.

Progressive businesses must publicly make a commitment to gender equality - Newcastle Herald

5 MARCH 2019

Gender equality is necessary, says Newcastle Lawyer Catherine Henry on the eve of International Women’s Day.

Hunter Elder Abuse Reference Group meeting addressed by Australian expert Kim Boettcher - Newcastle Herald


Australia is “at least” 10 years behind the US when it comes to protecting and upholding the rights of vulnerable senior citizens, but the Newcastle community is banding together to take an interdisciplinary approach to resolve the problems, Kim Boettcher says.

Labor Slam Federal Budget: What does it mean for the Hunter? - 2NURFM

 9 MAY 2018

Catherine Henry fears clinical standards are worsening, with mandated staff-to-patient ratios the only way to tackle the “woefully inadequate staffing arrangements” operating within the industry.

Doctors running skin cancer clinics with no training - The Guardian


The principal of a law firm specialising in medical law, Catherine Henry, said she first raised the issue a decade ago in a legal journal after seeing clients whose cancers had been mismanaged.

This Court Case Shows The Risks Of Abortion Remaining In The NSW Crimes Act - Buzzfeed


What should have been a medical negligence case then escalated into a “landmark case about the legal status of abortion”, in which the Catholic Church intervened.

How the tragic death of a baby has pro-choice advocates extremely worried - Mama Mia

21 NOVEMBER 2013

Doctors could easily decide that it’s just not worth the risk to carry out abortions at all, given the ever-present possibility that they could be charged with a criminal offence.

Courts strong avenue for battling neglect - Newcastle Herald

28 OCTOBER 2013

What can be done to reduce the incidence of death and inadequate treatment of the frail elderly in our community?

Covid-19 outbreaks in aged care - The Saturday Paper

25 JULY 2020

A third of Covid-19 deaths in Australia so far have occurred in aged-care homes. An investigation finds an underfunded and underprepared sector.

Newmarch House coronial investigation welcomed - Australian Lawyers Alliance

04 JUNE 2020

A coronial investigation into the COVID-19 deaths at Newmarch House is welcome as it should provide the opportunity for much needed scrutiny of the issues that led to the tragedy, says the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA).

Raymond Terrace Library's free Rite to the Finish event to talk about end of life matters - Port Stephens Examiner

21 FEBRUARY 2020

In times of grief, the Port’s libraries often become a refuge to those trying to navigate what comes after losing a loved one and librarians become sounding boards when the overwhelming flow of information on end of life matters becomes too much.

Providers Should Be Fined For Aged Care Failures - HelloCare

04 DECEMBER 2019

Aged care providers that fail to provide quality care should be fined, and residents who are neglected should be given compensation, a specialist aged care lawyer has said.

ALA calls for independent tribunal to hold aged care providers to account - Lawyers Weekly

28 NOVEMBER 2019

Aged care facilities should be held accountable by an independent complaints tribunal, said the Australian Lawyers Alliance.

Royal commission hears call for legal overhaul in aged care sector during Newcastle visit - Newcastle Herald

29 NOVEMBER 2019

Managers and boards of residential aged care facilities should be held personally accountable when standards are not met, a leading Hunter legal expert on aged care issues has told a royal commission.

Independent complaints tribunal needed to hold aged care facilities to account - Australian Lawyers Alliance

27 NOVEMBER 2019

The introduction of an independent tribunal to hear complaints of substandard care and with the power to issue fines and order monetary compensation would help hold the aged care sector to account, said the Australian Lawyers Alliance today at the Aged Care Royal Commission public consultation session in Newcastle.

Hunter New England Health has apologised to patients left injured by eye specialist Eugene Hollenbach - Newcastle Herald

31 AUGUST 2019

Solicitor Erin Woodward from Catherine Henry Lawyers said the case of Dr Hollenbach and others highlighted the lack of transparency about doctors’ histories and “problems with protections available for the public”.

Catherine Henry Lawyers expands offering through mediation services - Hunter Headline


Special Counsel and Head of the firm’s family law team, Alan Wright, has completed qualifications to be a professional member of the Resolution Institute and is accredited under the National Mediation Accreditation System.

Action from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety needs to happen now, argues Catherine Henry - Newcastle Herald

01 NOVEMBER 2019

The interim report from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety – entitled Neglect – has rightly labelled our aged care system as “a sad and shocking system that diminishes Australia as a nation”.

Paid parental leave pains - Newcastle Herald


When Newcastle solicitor Tom Hunter-Leahy became a father for the second time in June, he received two weeks’ full pay in paternity leave.

Newcastle Business Club awards honour lawyer, mental health advocate and charity organisation - Newcastle Herald

18 JUNE 2019

Newcastle lawyer Catherine Henry has been recognised at the Newcastle Business Club’s 2019 awards.

Catherine Henry Lawyers expands its award-winning Hunter law service - Hunter Headline

12 JUNE 2019

Catherine Henry Lawyers is expanding its award-winning health law service to better serve people in the Hunter and other parts of regional NSW to seek justice or compensation from rogue doctors and other instances of poor health care.

Identifying & Acting on Elder Abuse: A Toolkit for Legal Practitioners - Lawyers Weekly

25 MARCH 2019

The recently released Identifying & Acting on Elder Abuse: A Toolkit for Legal Practitioners covers lawyers’ ethical responsibilities which includes duties of confidentiality & discusses screening techniques & checklists to help practitioners in raising the topic with their older clients.

Catherine Henry Lawyers is committed to raising awareness of this issue and assisting clients at risk of experiencing abuse.

Hunter law firm celebrates 10-year milestone - Hunter Headline

13 FEBRUARY 2019

Hunter Headline reports: although Principal, Catherine Henry has built a name locally in the legal industry for much longer than a decade, Catherine Henry Lawyers has celebrated a significant milestone of 10 years serving people in Newcastle and regional NSW.

MPs should rise above party politics on abortion - Newcastle Herald & 2NURFM

19 OCTOBER 2018

Abortion laws in NSW need to be brought into the 21st century, Catherine Henry says to The Newcastle Herald.

Hunter MPs and lobby groups disappointed in third Morrison budget - Newcastle Herald

9 MAY 2018

Newcastle specialist health and elder care lawyer Catherine Henry says the budget had not tackled  key issues for aged care residents, leaving Australians in aged care facilities unable received appropriate care

Newcastle lawyer Catherine Henry urges federal government to 'be brave' in wake of landmark elderly abuse report - Newcastle Herald

16 JUNE 2017

A leading Newcastle lawyer has urged the federal government to “be brave” and adopt the recommendations of a landmark report into the financial and physical abuse of the elderly.

Civil case against SummitCare possible after insulin poisoning - Newcastle Herald

15 FEBRUARY 2016

Newcastle health litigation solicitor Catherine Henry said she had been instructed by two of the families to investigate the viability of negligence claims against the aged care facility.

Nursing home deaths spark concerns over aged care complaints - ABC News


Solicitor Catherine Henry says the alleged recent poisoning deaths of two residents at the Summitcare nursing home has highlighted her concerns about the ineffective complaints system.

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