Healthcare Directors’ Briefing: Ethical Dilemmas for Directors

Wed 14 Mar 2018
7.30am to 9.00am





John Chesterman

Deputy Public Advocate, Office of Public Advocate
Dr John Chesterman is Victoria’s Deputy Public Advocate. He is a trained lawyer and prior to joining OPA he lectured in politics for more than eight years at the University of Melbourne. He has written a number of books, including (as co-author) The Politics of Human Rights in Australia (Cambridge University Press). In 2013 John travelled as a Churchill Fellow to the US, Canada and the UK, where he examined a variety of adult protection systems.
Michael Gorton AM FAICD

Michael Gorton AM FAICD

Principal, Russell Kennedy

Michael Gorton AM is a principal with Russell Kennedy, Solicitors, with experience in corporate and commercial law, and a special interest in Health Law. Michael has qualifications in Law and Commerce, and has an extensive background in the community sector. He has written extensively on medico-legal matters. Michael was awarded Honorary Fellowships by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in January 2004.

Michael is currently a Board member of Melbourne Health (Royal Melbourne Hospital); President of the National Ageing Research Institute; and a Committee Member of the Australian Health Professional Regulation Agency (Agency Management Committee).

Michael has recently been appointed by the Victorian Minister for Health to Chair the Expert Panel to review the Health Services Commissioner's legislation, and to Chair the Patient Review Panel.

Stewart Maiden

Senior Council, Victorian Bar

Stewart has practised as a barrister since 2002 and was appointed silk in 2017. He practises in complex commercial litigation with a strong focus on corporations and insolvency law. He has been recognised as one of the country’s leading insolvency barristers, and is widely published in the field. Clients and instructing solicitors recognise him as being numerate, articulate and approachable.

Stewart has acted for company directors in ASIC investigations, insolvent trading and breach of duty cases and management disputes. He has also acted for ASIC and for company liquidators in cases brought against directors.

Stewart is a ministerial appointee to the Insolvency Practitioner Disciplinary Committees, which rule on the registration and discipline of company liquidators. He sits on the Ethics Committee of the Victorian Bar, and he is a member of the Victorian Bar Council, serving as its Assistant Honorary Treasurer.

Consumer Directed Care, the NDIS and Voluntary Assisted Dying have caused much concern in the Healthcare industry regarding the quality of patient care and the power of medical consent.

With the advent of Consumer Directed Care, Healthcare directors now need to work more closely with patients to tailor programs to meet their requests. This may create areas of concern with the quality of programs being offered from a medical perspective considering that patients will now have more say.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme has lead to health care providers having to consider partnering with other organisations to make their products and services more attractive to patients. These partnerships, whilst being of benefit to patients, may affect the success and long term viability of some providers.

The implementation of the recent Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill requires a board to review requests for assisted dying. As a result medical practitioners will need to report to this board. Considerations around what information can be reported, how frequently reports are required to be made and who investigates further based on reports are just a few of the issues medical practitioners may run into along the way.

Join us for this Directors’ Briefing, at which our panel will examine how to navigate these changes whilst providing high quality care.


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