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Senate inquiry on Pelvic Mesh
Senate inquiry on Pelvic Mesh

A Senate inquiry into transvaginal mesh and related matters is currently under way. On 15 February, 2017 the Senate referred…

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…

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…

Considering a retirement village?
Considering a retirement village?

A retirement village is an option you may consider as you enter your elder years. There are many factors to…

The risks of using DIY Will Kits
The risks of using DIY Will Kits

What are the risks of using DIY will kits? The law relating to wills is both complex and precise and there…

What are the duties of an Executor?
What are the duties of an Executor?

An executor is a person appointed by another in a Will to deal with the estate of the Will maker…

What is the effect of marriage, separation and divorce on an existing Will?
What is the effect of marriage, separation and divorce on an existing Will?

How does marriage impact my Will? The answer to this question depends on the date of the marriage, as a…

What happens if I die without a will: dying intestate
What happens if I die without a will: dying intestate

If you die without a Will, you are said to die “intestate”. There is legislation to determine who will receive…

Special Disability Trust – what is it and who might need one?
Special Disability Trust – what is it and who might need one?

A Special Disability Trust (“SDT”) is a type of trust that can be created to provide for the care and…

Family provision claim
Family provision claim

What is a family provision claim? Our legal system has long recognised a person’s freedom to make a will and…

Why do I need a will?
Why do I need a will?

What is a Will? A Will is an official document that contains your instructions as to how your assets are…

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…

Mediation (family dispute resolution)
Mediation (family dispute resolution)

At Catherine Henry Lawyers we believe in trying to resolve matters as quickly as possible, as long as you can…

Applying for divorce
Applying for divorce

Few of life’s challenges are more stressful than the breakdown of a marriage. Australia’s divorce laws, set out in the…

Calculating child support
Calculating child support

Calculating the amount of child support to be paid can be complicated but, keeping it simple, it is determined by:…

Children
Children

Parental responsibility and living arrangements When people separate an important question is what happens with the children?  There are two…

De Facto Relationships (including Same Sex Relationships)
De Facto Relationships (including Same Sex Relationships)

A person is in a de facto relationship with another person if:- the persons are not married to each other;…

Spousal maintenance
Spousal maintenance

What is spousal maintenance? Following separation, a Spousal Maintenance Order can be made by the Court for one party to…

Property Settlements: Marriage and De Facto Relationships
Property Settlements: Marriage and De Facto Relationships

One of the most difficult things about separating can be dividing your assets. When to start the process You don’t…

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…

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…

Making an Aged Care Complaint
Making an Aged Care Complaint

Do we have – as some suggest – an aged care "crisis”?  [1] We hear and read media reports of a…

Selling a home – helpful tips for vendors
Selling a home – helpful tips for vendors

If you are considering selling your property, the following helpful tips should be of assistance to you. When you retain us…

Preparation before you purchase a property
Preparation before you purchase a property

The more homework you do before you purchase a property, the more likely you are to make a decision you'll be…

Buying a Property? Our 7 step checklist will assist
Buying a Property? Our 7 step checklist will assist

Our 7-step checklist will assist you to understand the process involved in buying a property. STEP 1 – Before signing Once…

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…

Pressure sores
Pressure sores

What are pressure sores? Pressure sores, also known as pressure ulcers or bed sores, are injuries to the skin and…

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…

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…

Drugs
Drugs

A medication or prescription error not only results in a person taking medication that is not clinically indicated, which may…

Gentamicin
Gentamicin

Gentamicin has been recognised for many years, at least since 1989, as a very efficacious drug but one that has…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Stillbirth and Neonatal death
Stillbirth and Neonatal death

The vast majority of pregnancies end happily with a healthy mother and baby. Sadly however, this is not always the…

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…

Medication errors
Medication errors

Prescription or medication errors arise when the wrong medication or an incorrect dose of the right medication is administered to…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Surrogacy
Surrogacy

Surrogacy refers to an arrangement made under which a woman (birth mother or surrogate) carries and delivers a baby for…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Health Care Needs of Prisoners
Health Care Needs of Prisoners

The health care needs of prisoners differ to those of the general population. Access to appropriate medical treatment is often…

Privacy Principles
Privacy Principles

On 12 March 2014, 13 new Australian Privacy Principles (APPs)[1] were created with the aim of greater uniformity and greater…

Informed Consent
Informed Consent

In the eyes of the law, a person cannot consent to treatment unless they have been adequately informed about the…

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…

Cosmetic Surgery
Cosmetic Surgery

The growing appetite for cosmetic enhancement shows no sign of abating. Procedures such as facelifts, tummy tucks, liposuction, breast augmentation/reduction…

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…

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…

Elder Mediation
Elder Mediation

Elder Mediation can be a useful tool as people age because we often need to play a more active role…

Duties of a trustee
Duties of a trustee

Duties of a trustee Upon acceptance of his or her office, a trustee becomes subject to the duties of that…

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…

Gastric banding
Gastric banding

Gastric banding is a procedure whereby a band is positioned around the upper portion of the stomach to create a…

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…

Power of attorney: what is it?
Power of attorney: what is it?

A power of attorney is a legal document made by a person, who is called the ‘principal’, that appoints another…

What is an enduring guardian?
What is an enduring guardian?

An enduring guardian is someone you appoint, at a time when you have capacity, to make personal, health or lifestyle…

Abortion: law and practice
Abortion: law and practice

Background It is interesting that abortion, a widely practiced medical procedure in Australia, is the only medical procedure that is…

Guardianship, Power of Attorney and Advance Care Directives
Guardianship, Power of Attorney and Advance Care Directives

What is the difference between a Guardian and a Power of Attorney? A Guardian is a person empowered by the…

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.…

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