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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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Obstetric Malpractice: An Update
Elective Caesarean Sections
Elective Caesarean Sections

One in three Australian babies is born by caesarean section (C-section).  C-sections may be either elective or emergency.  It is a major surgery involving an incision made through the mother’s abdomen and uterus in order to deliver the baby. Australia…

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…

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…

Attending A Medico-legal Appointment
Attending a medico-legal appointment

As part of your claim, you will be required to attend a medico-legal appointment where an assessment must be made of the injury you have suffered and how that impacts on your day to day living. In order to support…

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…

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…

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…

Resolving A Medical Dispute – Is Litigation Your Only Option?
Resolving a Medical Dispute – Is litigation your only option?

Only a relatively small number of cases go to court. The majority are settled beforehand. Not all cases are suitable for claims in medical negligence because of a number of factors including: 1) A claim is unlikely to succeed For…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Mental Health And The Law
Mental Health and the Law

The Mental Health Act 2007 (NSW) The Mental Health Act 2007 (NSW) (the Act) is the legislation that governs the treatment of people with mental illness in NSW hospitals and in the community. The stated aim of the legislation is…

Pregnancy And Birth – ART Terms Explained
Pregnancy and Birth – ART terms explained

Assisted reproductive technology (ART) ART refers to the technology used to aid assist those who find it difficult to conceive without intervention.  Also referred to as fertility treatment. In vitro fertilisation (IVF) In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is one of several…

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…


Gentamicin has been recognised for many years, at least since 1989, as a very efficacious drug but one that has the potential to cause significant ototoxicity and nephrotoxicity when administered in inappropriate circumstances, doses or regimens. Some studies have estimated…

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…

Pregnancy And Birth – Obstetric Terms Explained
Pregnancy and Birth – Obstetric terms explained

Obstetric negligence is a complex area of law and one which may involve a number of different aspects of pregnancy and birth. Here is an explanation of some of the more commonly used obstetric terms: Brachial plexus The nerve roots…

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…

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…

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…

Complaints About Medical Practitioners In NSW
Complaints about Medical Practitioners in NSW

The chances are that most registered medical practitioners will be the subject of a notification (complaint) at some point in their career. The numbers of patients seen by a doctor in their career makes it statistically likely. Added to which,…

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…

Complaints About Dentists In NSW
Complaints about Dentists in NSW

The chances are that most registered dentists and dental practitioners will be the subject of a notification (complaint) at some point in their career. In the financial year 2013-2014, a notification was made in relation to about 5% (or 1 in…

Coronial Inquests – NSW
Coronial Inquests – NSW

The Office of the State Coroner may become involved if there has been a “reportable death”.  What is a “reportable death”? A person’s death is a “reportable death” if: It is a violent or unnatural death. It is a sudden…

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…

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…

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 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…

Complaints About Chiropractors In NSW
Complaints about Chiropractors in NSW

Formal Complaints NSW has a co-regulatory framework, which essentially means that complaints and notifications about the conduct, performance or health of chiropractors and students in NSW are jointly dealt with by: The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC); and The…

Obstetric Malpractice: An Update A Summary Of Medical Negligence Cases How To Respond To Complaints Medico Legal Appointment Medical Negligence Genetic Testing Health Disciplinary Hearing Medical Dispute Informed Consent Elder Abuse Residential Care Issues Patient Safety Gastric Band Surgery Mental Health And The Law Pregnancy And Birth – ART Terms Explained Release Of Counselling Records Gentamicin Dental Negligence Claims Pregnancy & Birth ED Aged Care Negligence Elder Mediation Access To Health Records Medical Practitioners Medication Regulation Of Dentists Coroners Court Doctor Patient Boundaries Psychologist Granny Flat Regulation Of Nurses And Midwives Regulation Of Chiropractors

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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