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It’s a sad fact that sometimes our experiences with the healthcare system don’t go according to plan

At Catherine Henry Lawyers, we can help you understand your rights and claim for any wrongdoing.

Our lawyers are experts in all areas of health and medical law including medical negligence, medical malpractice, women’s health, reproductive law, dust diseases and more.

Our specialist knowledge and extensive experience in the health and medical law area is widely acknowledged in the legal profession, as well as outside of it. That’s why we’ve become the preferred referral firm for many other lawyers in NSW and the ACT who need specialist advice in health and medical law.

Our Approach

We know that medical and health law often involve a different set of complexities and sensitivities to other areas of the law. We also understand that a lot of people don’t know where to start when it comes to getting answers from their health professionals, or they fear that rocking the boat will put their personal and professional relationships at risk.

That’s why our health law team combines robust representation with pragmatic, sensitive advice that takes into account your personal circumstances as well as the law.

We cut out the jargon and discuss your options practically and simply, so that you get the best possible result.

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Birth Trauma
What Is Birth Trauma And What Legal Options Are Available?
What is Birth Trauma and what legal options are available?

Birth trauma refers to a wide variety of medical conditions – ranging from physical and emotional damage to the mother during labour to damage to the tissues and organs of a newly delivered child. Physical Birth Trauma Following Vaginal Delivery…

Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormone replacement therapy

Various drugs collectively known as Hormone Replacement Therapy (“HRT”) have been recognised as effective treatments for controlling menopausal symptoms. However, there can be some negative consequences associated with the use of HRT that require doctors and patients to weigh up…

Claims For Gynaecological Injury During Childbirth
Claims for gynaecological injury during childbirth

When a mother sustains a gynaecological injury during childbirth, often the first emotion is not one of joy at holding their newborn but instead dismay and disappointment about the care provided. This is an area in which we at Catherine…

Genetic Testing And Screening During Pregnancy
Genetic testing and screening during pregnancy

There are a number of diagnostic and screening tests available to the expectant mother. Some are routinely used and others are specialised and not covered by Medicare. None are compulsory. Before undergoing any testing, it is a good idea to…

Complaints About Nurses And Midwives In NSW
Complaints about Nurses and Midwives in NSW

Of the 619,509 health practitioners registered nationally in Australia as at 30 June 2014, over half (362,450) are nurses or midwives, of whom 100,440 practise in NSW. Fewer than 600 notifications were made against nurses or midwives in NSW last…

Medication Errors
Medication errors

Prescription or medication errors arise when the wrong medication or an incorrect dose of the right medication is administered to a patient. Medication error represents the second most common cause of claims according to a 2013 review[1] of malpractice claims…

Gastric Banding
Gastric banding

Gastric banding is a procedure whereby a band is positioned around the upper portion of the stomach to create a small pouch to restrict the physical capability of the stomach to take in food. An access port connected to the…

Breaching Professional Boundaries
Breaching Professional Boundaries

Information sheet– Professional Boundaries The underlying basis of all therapeutic relationships is that the welfare of the patient is paramount and as such, health practitioners should dedicate themselves to meeting the needs of the patient above all. Although boundary breaches…

Patient Safety And Clinical Governance
Patient safety and clinical governance

The quality of healthcare and patient safety is an issue that concerns us all and one that has come to the forefront of government and media attention internationally in recent years in light of the increasing public awareness of adverse events…

Negligence Actions Against Aged Care Facilities
Negligence Actions against Aged Care Facilities

One avenue for the aggrieved aged care resident or their family is the common law remedy of negligence. This is common in the UK and US, but less so in Australia. There are a number of reasons for the low…

Dental Negligence Claims
Dental negligence claims

Although the legal principles in pursuing dental negligence claims are no different to any other form of medical negligence, we have identified many recurring themes. This factsheet is not a list all of the potential areas of dental negligence, but reflects those issues…

Granny Flat Arrangements: What Are They And What Are The Risks?
Granny Flat Arrangements: What are they and what are the risks?

When we talk about "granny flat" arrangements, many people will picture a small structure being built in the backyard specifically to house an elderly person. This is one possible accommodation option that elderly people may consider if they get to…

Complaints About Pharmacists In NSW
Complaints about Pharmacists in NSW

Of the 8769 pharmacists registered in NSW on 30 June 2014, there were only 192 notifications (complaints) in the preceding year, representing a small proportion (about 2%) of the NSW registrant group. Of the three streams of notifications - conduct,…

Advanced Care Directives
Advanced Care Directives

Advanced Care Directives are often overlooked, but no less important than other estate planning documents. For instance, you may have organised your estate planning documents, and appointed an Enduring Guardian, but does your nominated guardian or your family know what…

When Things Go Wrong: Elder Abuse / Residential Care Issues
When things go wrong: Elder Abuse / Residential Care Issues

What is elder abuse? Elder abuse is any physical, sexual, verbal, psychological, or financial abuse perpetrated against an older adult. Elder abuse is most often commited by caretakers, whether they be family members or nursing home staffers. Many victims do…

Pressure Sores
Pressure sores

What are pressure sores? Pressure sores, also known as pressure ulcers or bed sores, are injuries to the skin and the tissue underneath which can be caused by long periods of immobility. In everyday life, when we are sitting in…

Medical Negligence FAQs
Medical Negligence FAQs

What is a medical negligence claim? A medical negligence claim is a claim for compensation for injury and damage caused by the negligence of a doctor, hospital, or other health care professional. What kind of incidents might give rise to…

Health Complaints Procedures
Health Complaints Procedures

In NSW, serious complaints about registered health practitioners can be prosecuted by the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) in two disciplinary forums:   Forum Type of conduct alleged Profession Forum 1 Unsatisfactory professional conduct/clinical care Medical Professional standards committee Nursing…

Elder Mediation
Elder Mediation

Elder Mediation can be a useful tool as people age because we often need to play a more active role in their decision making. Sometimes that includes placing their well-being in the hands of full-time carers. But different people will…

Information On Cancer
Information on Cancer

Early detection of cancer is critical for obtaining a good prognosis and there are a number of cancers that can be tested for even before symptoms appear. Even so, claims for medical negligence commonly arise from a misdiagnosis or a…

Release Of Counselling Records
Release of Counselling Records

Confidentiality The duty of psychologists to maintain client confidentially is set out in the Australian Psychological Society (APS) Code of Ethics. However, there are some instances where this duty to maintain confidentiality is in conflict with the demands of the…

Informed Consent
Informed Consent

In the eyes of the law, a person cannot consent to treatment unless they have been adequately informed about the risks. This is what is meant by the phrase “informed consent”. Cases that involve this issue are often referred to…

How To Get Your Medical Records
How to get your medical records

What are medical records? The clinical notes made by a doctor or hospital staff concerning a patient are the basic content of a patient’s medical records. However, a patient’s complete medical record may also contain: x-rays, test results, reports, and…

How To Respond To Complaints
How to respond to complaints

The knee-jerk reaction to complaints is often to view them as negative and respond accordingly. However, given that 1.4% of the 619,509 health practitioners registered in 2013-2014 were the subject of a formal complaint made to the health regulators, it…

How Pelvic Mesh Affects Women
How pelvic mesh affects women

Pelvic mesh is a loosely woven sheet which is used as either a permanent or temporary support for organs and other tissues during surgery. Pelvic mesh is created from both inorganic and biological materials and is used in a variety…

IVF & Donor Children
IVF & Donor Children

With more and more couples and individuals turning to in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) or other assisted reproductive technologies (‘ART’) in order to conceive, the industry is booming. In Australia, it is estimated to be a billion dollar industry. Lack of oversight…

A Summary Of Medical Negligence Cases
A summary of medical negligence cases

Read a summary of medical negligence cases conducted by our health and medical lawyers. Misdiagnosis Failure to diagnose retinal detachment Failure to diagnose maxillofacial injury Failure to diagnose footdrop following orthopaedic injury Failure to diagnose subhepatic collection following surgery Failure to…


A medication or prescription error not only results in a person taking medication that is not clinically indicated, which may of itself cause injury or harm. It can also result in the person’s underlying illness or condition not being treated…

Complaints About Psychologists In NSW
Complaints about Psychologists in NSW

The chances are that most registered psychologists will be the subject of a notification (complaint) at some point in their career. The numbers of clients seen by a psychologist in their career span makes it statistically likely and the client-base…


Surrogacy refers to an arrangement made under which a woman (birth mother or surrogate) carries and delivers a baby for another person or couple (the Intended Parents). Once the baby is born, the intention is for he/she to be permanently…

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Our Health Law Team

Catherine Henry

Catherine Henry

Chandrika Darroch

Chandrika Darroch

SENIOR ASSOCIATE | BInSt LLB Dip Leg Prac AccSpec(Personal Injury)
Lucy Wilk

Lucy Wilk

Jane Bulter

Jane Bulter

SENIOR SOLICITOR | BA Hons Dip Law (LPAB) Grad Dip Leg Prac MHL (Current candidate)
Lidia Monteverdi

Lidia Monteverdi

Tom Hunter-Leahy

Tom Hunter-Leahy

SOLICITOR | BCom LLB Grad Dip Leg Prac
Judy Manning

Judy Manning

Cathy Lyons

Cathy Lyons

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