The Medico-Legal Society of Victoria


Special Rate for MLSV Members to attend the Obstetric Malpractice Conference 2019



Join us for the 11th Annual Obstetric Malpractice Conference – the premier event of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region. This year’s Conference will be held on 22-23 August 2019 at the Rendezvous Hotel in Melbourne.


With presentations on key medico-legal obstetric issues and recent cases, the conference also offers unique networking opportunities with top obstetricians, midwives, nurses, neonatal staff, barristers, and medico-legal professionals.


Speakers include:


  • Prof Euan Wallace, Carl Wood Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Monash University and CEO, Safer Care Victoria
  • Steve Robson, Past-President, RANZCOG and Co-Founder, Send Hope and Member, ANHMRC
  • Dr Mark Tracy, Clinical Senior Lecturer, Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatology, Westmead Clinical School, University of Sydney
  • Bill Madden, Special Counsel, Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers & Adjunct Professor, Australian Centre for Health Law Research
  • Associate Professor Tina Cockburn, Co-Director, Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Queensland University of Technology
  • Vicky Flenady, Honorary Professor, Mater Research Institute-UQ, Faculty of Medicine
  • Sonia Allan OWM CF, Associate Professor (Health Law), Deakin University
  • A/Prof Chris Georgiou, Director of Obstetrics, Eastern Health, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Women’s Health Education and Research Lead, Monash University, Eastern Health Clinical School, Clinical Associate Professor Graduate School of Medicine, Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health, University of Wollongong, New South Wales.
  • Ursula Harrisson, Senior Risk Adviser – Medical Indemnity Program, Victorian Managed Insurance Authority
  • Dr Owen Stock, Staff Specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Royal Women’s Hospital, Parkville, VIC
  • Dr Amanda Henry, Clinical Academic Obstetrician, Women’s and Children’s Health, St George Hospital and UNSW Sydney and Senior Research Fellow, Global Women’s Health, The George Institute for Global Health
  • Louise Everitt, Clinical Midwifery Consultant, Complex Pregnancy Care, St George Hospital and Honorary Associate, UTS
  • Ngaire Watson, Barrister, Second Floor Selborne Chambers
  • Dr Amber Moore, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, St Vincent’s Private Hospital & The Epworth Freemasons Hospital & Consultant Gynaecologist, The Royal Womens Hospital
  • A/ Prof Edward Weaver OAM, SMO O&G and Head, UQ Sunshine Coast Clinical School, Sunshine Coast University Hospital
  • Hugh Dillon, (ex-Deputy State Coroner, NSW)
  • Carla Humphrey, LLB Legal Advisor, New Zealand College of Midwives
  • Dimitra Dubrow, National Head of Medical Negligence, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers
  • Janine McIlwraith, Principal Lawyer, Slater and Gordon
  • Dr Ian Freckelton, Queen’s Counsel, Victorian Bar
  • Martin Delatycki, Co-Director, Bruce Lefroy Centre, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute; Medical Director, Victorian Clinical Genetics Services
  • Rupert Sherwood, Head of Gynecology, Sunshine Hospital, Melbourne
  • And many more…


As an official supporting partner, Medico-Legal Society of Victoria members are entitled to a 15% discount to attend the two-day conference.


To register, simply enter the promo-code MLSV15 when booking. Early Bird rates are also available until 28 June 2019.


Register online today at


The Medico-Legal Society of Queensland’s 2019 Annual Conference is being held 16-17 August 2019 at the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort.

The conference theme, Driving Me Crazy:  the Impact of Impairment, will explore medical and legal issues associated with managing and monitoring impairment in the context of driver licensing.

  • Guest speakers will consider how both cognitive and functional capacity can and should be measured; what are the risks; what tests should be applied; and what are the consequences when hard decisions are not made.
  • Importantly, the concept is extended further to consider the impact of a loss of insight in the context of professional practice. How are situations managed where impairment impacts insight to such a degree that there is no perception of risk?
  • The program also addresses the proposition that the same factors which impact one’s ability to drive safely, also impact one’s ability to work effectively.

Click here to view the registration brochure. The registration form may be completed on screen, saved as a PDF file and emailed to the secretariat.

  • The early bird registration deadline is Tuesday 16 July 2019.
  • Reserve accommodation via the Secretariat to secure the “best deal”, preferably before 16 July 2019.
  • Families are welcome, with a complimentary, all-inclusive children’s program at the Marriott Resort’s Kids Club.

In conjunction with the annual conference is the annual Lawrence Brennan Essay Competition for young doctors and lawyers.  Details are on the MLSQ website homepage:

The promotional flyer is also attached.

Please direct any enquiries to the Secretariat: or Tel: 07 3871 0595

The Australasian College of Legal Medicine

ACLM holds annual Basic and Advanced Law Intensive and Expert Witness courses, and Annual Scientific Meetings on a variety of medico-legal themes.

Learn more about the College including membership and upcoming courses via their website:




The Australian Centre for Health Law Research is delighted to announce the launch of its new website End of Life Law in Australia at Please feel free to circulate this email and the attached brochure to your colleagues, organisation and networks.

About the website

End of Life Law in Australia is designed to provide practical legal information for patients, families, health and legal practitioners, the media, policy makers and the broader community about Australian laws (by jurisdiction) relating to death, dying and end-of-life decision-making. The website covers key areas of interest including advance directives, guardianship, withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment, palliative care, organ donation and assisted dying and euthanasia, with links to external resources in each Australian State and Territory.

Subscribe and receive updates

End of life Law in Australia also has a Recent Developments webpage which is regularly updated with information about legal and policy developments in the end-of-life field. Should you wish to subscribe for updates, please email with the words ‘subscribe website’ in the subject line.

Legal overview brochure –

We also attach for your information a brochure which provides an overview of the fundamental legal concepts relating to the law at end of life.

We welcome any feedback and suggestions about how to improve the website, and invite you to contact us any time.

Thank you for your consideration. We hope End of life Law in Australia is of interest, and a valuable resource for you.

Kind regards,

Professors Ben White and Lindy Willmott



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