What are the proposed changes to the Queensland Disability Parking Permit Scheme for people with vision impairments and what would they mean for me and my patients?

Proposed changes to the Queensland Disability Parking Permit Scheme The history Eligibility to obtain a Disability Parking Permit in Queensland is exclusively focused on a person’s ability to walk.  For this reason, people with intellectual, psychiatric, cognitive and sensory impairments alone do not meet the criteria. The Transport Legislation (Disability Parking Permit Scheme) Amendment Bill 2019 recognises that this discriminates against those with a visual (sensory) impairment who are travelling as a passenger in a vehicle and that it is far safer and more convenient for a visually impaired person to have access to a disability parking space, typically near entrances to buildings. Throughout Australia, currently only NSW, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the ACT include vision-impairment in the Disability Parking Permit criteria. The proposed changes The amendments proposed by…
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What should I consider when buying a new dental practice?

As published in the ADAQ Dental Mirror Spring 2019 edition. Buying a dental practice is complex and involves legal, financial and operational investigation of the business. This process is called “due diligence” and helps you work out whether the practice is a solid investment.  An experienced health lawyer can help you understand any legal risks and provide strategies to manage them. This article provides an overview of legal due diligence process when buying a dental practice in Queensland.  A follow on article will cover the steps leading from due diligence onto settlement where you take over the practice, including negotiating the sale contract.  For each step, we outline what it is and why it’s important to you. Step 1: Summary of the transaction – Heads of Agreement This is a…
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What does the workers’ compensation amendment Bill mean for my practice?

Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 Queensland’s Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (WCR Act) establishes a workers' compensation scheme for Queensland, providing benefits following workplace injuries or fatalities, and requiring employers to be covered against related liability either under a WorkCover insurance policy or under a licence as a self-insurer. An independent review has recently been undertaken to assess the effectiveness of the scheme and its current rehabilitation and return to work programs. This review proposed a number of changes to the WCR Act, which are currently being considered by the Queensland Parliament. In this article our health business lawyers summarise the changes most relevant to health practice owners and what they mean for you. (a) WorkCover funded prevention initiatives The Bill proposes that WorkCover be given…
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How much can I charge Pathology and Imaging providers to lease within my practice?

Why do I need to read this? If your health practice leases an area to pathology and radiology providers, you need to be aware of the Australian Government regulations that apply to these arrangements. These regulations are designed to prevent conflicts of interest, which might cause practitioners to refer excessively. Significant penalties apply for any breaches of the regulations and we want you to be protected. These leasing arrangements usually involve GPs, however the regulations apply to anyone who can request or provide Medicare-eligible investigations (eg. specialists, dentists, podiatrists, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, nurse practitioners). If you need any advice from our specialist health lawyers on this topic, please get in contact here. What does this mean for me? The legislation that affects the contractual arrangements between you and the pathology/radiology…
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Mandatory production of documents in the My Health Record system

1 min read The My Health Records Act 2012 (Cth) (the Act) limits when and how health information included in a My Health Record can be collected, used and disclosed.  Unauthorised collection, use or disclosure of My Health Record information is both a contravention of the Act and an interference with privacy. Section 69 of the Act states that the Australian Digital Health Agency can only be required to disclose health information from a patient’s My Health Record to a court, coroner or other body except in very limited circumstances, including where the patient gives their consent. The Agency has recently advised that, where patient consent has not been provided, it will apply to have any legal request (subpoena) set aside. This information relates to My Health Records and does not…
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