2018 NSW Medical Legal Conference

Course ID CN180824_PSK1

  • Face to Face
  • 6
  • All

Specifically tailored to the needs of lawyers working with medical evidence, expert reports and cases, the 2018 NSW Intensive Medical Legal Conference offers an exceptional line up of leading medical experts experienced in medico-legal work.

Whether you are a veteran lawyer or new to the field, this intensive will offer you the insights, expertise and medical knowledge of some of Australia’s leading practitioners in fields as diverse as infectious diseases, psychiatry, dentistry, orthopaedic surgery, and others.

The day will present you with a symphony of knowledge, ideas, issues and answers that will enhance your practice. Don’t miss it!

This intensive seminar will provide legal practitioners with 6 CLE/CPD Points, networking opportunities and updated knowledge in this vital area of practice.

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Event Partner:


Full Price $720.00

Alumni/Member Price $648.00


Start date:

24 August 2018

End date:

24 August 2018


9.15am - 5.00pm


The College of Law
Level 16, St James Centre
111 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000

About This Course


9.15am – 10.15am: Chair’s welcome: Current issues in NSW medico legal matters

Kate Henderson, Partner, Beilby Poulden Costello Lawyers

Accredited Specialist (Personal Injury)

2017 Doyles Guide ‘Recommended’ Leading Medical Negligence Compensation Lawyer – Australia


10.15am – 10.30am: Morning tea


10.30am – 11.30am: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Professor James Toouli, General Surgeon

Understand types of bariatric surgery, and where each may fail to meet expectations, presented by leading General Surgeon, Professor James Toouli.


11.30am – 12.30pm: Nobody knows the troubles I’ve seen

Dr Andrew Howe, Dentist

Renowned Dentist Dr Andrew Howe will explore common dental injuries and errors in dentistry.


12.30pm – 1.30pm: Lunch


1.30pm – 2.30pm: I’ve got you under my skin

Professor Damon Eisen, Infectious Diseases

This session will provide an in depth analysis by Professor Damon Eisen on why serious infectious diseases are underappreciated.


2.30pm – 3.30pm: That joint is not so hip

Dr Jonathan Negus, Orthopaedic Surgeon

In this session, Dr Jonathan Negus, Orthopaedic Surgeon, will discuss the right course of action when the results of hip surgery just don’t look or sound right.


3.30pm – 3.45pm: Afternoon tea


3.45pm – 4.45pm: Heartsink Clients

Dr Joseph Dunn, Psychiatrist

Hear from leading Psychiatrist, Dr Joseph Dunn as he provides insight into the games clients play, focussing on the powerful emotions your clients stir up in you and what they mean.


4.45pm – 5pm: Chair’s closing remarks



Designed for

Lawyers of all levels, and medical professionals. This program complies with the mandatory requirement of Professional Skills.



Presenter biography

Kate Henderson

Accredited Specialist (Personal Injury)

2017 Doyles Guide ‘Recommended’ Leading Medical Negligence Compensation Lawyer – Australia

In 2000, Kate became an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law certified by the Law Society of NSW. She currently specialises in large and complex personal injury claims with considerable experience handling medical negligence claims against health care providers including public hospitals, private hospitals and medical practitioners. Kate has a particular interest in birth injury claims & has acted for a number of children suffering cerebral palsy as a result of adverse birth events.

Kate has successfully acted on behalf of many clients suffering catastrophic injuries due to negligence including brain damage, cerebral palsy, paraplegia, quadriplegia and amputated limbs. Kate is an extremely passionate lawyer who is driven to achieve the best possible results for her injured clients. She feels privileged to act for such deserving clients & is constantly inspired by the strength of character displayed by her clients in the face of adversity & significant disability.

Kate has a strong sporting background and has previously represented Australia in springboard and platform diving.

Doyles Industry Awards

  • Leading Medical Negligence Lawyer (Plaintiff) – Sydney, 2015;
  • Leading Medical Negligence Lawyer (Plaintiff) – NSW, 2015;
  • Leading Medical Negligence Lawyer (Plaintiff) – NSW, 2016;
  • Leading Medical Negligence Compensation Lawyer (Plaintiff) – New South Wales 2017; and
  • Recommended Public Liability Compensation Lawyer (Plaintiff) – New South Wales, 2017


Professor James Toouli

Emeritus Professor of Surgery Flinders University Adelaide

Qualifications: MBBS (Monash) B.( Med) Sci. (Monash) PhD (Monash) FRACS

Formerly Professor of Surgery, Flinders University and Head of Gastrointestinal Surgical Unit at Flinders Medical Centre and the Repatriation General Hospital.

Clinical Specialties: Surgery of the Abdomen with particular emphasis on Liver, Biliary tract and Pancreas, Bariatric Surgery, Hernia surgery, Non Cancer Surgery of the stomach and gastroesophageal region.

Research Interests: Physiology and pathophysiology of the Biliary tract including the sphincter of Oddi and pancreas. Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Surgery. Bariatric surgery.

Education Interests: Held senior positions at all levels of Medical and Surgical Education with the University, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and Australian Medical Council.

Internationally set up and coordinated education activities of the World Gastroenterology Organization

Past President of a number of National and International Gastroenterology and Gastroenterologic Surgical organizations.

Committee chair of a number of National and international organizations including the NHMRC. Currently chair of Bellberry Committee B Human Research Ethics Committee

Publications: Six Books, 75 invited chapters in books, 230 Peer reviewed journal publications.


Dr Andrew Macdonald Howe BDS PhD FRACDS

Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine London FRSM
Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International FADI
Fellow of Pierre Fauchard Academy FPFA

Dr. Andrew Howe graduated from Sydney University in 1980. He then passed the primary examinations for the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in 1987 followed by the secondary exams and admission as a Fellow in 1989.

Dr. Howe has been an examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons since 1998. He passed a Master of Dentistry qualifying in 1989 starting a Master of Dental Science in that year and completed a Doctorate of Philosophy in Dentistry in 1999.

Dr. Howe has taught in the Faculty of Medicine to Dental, Science and Medical students as well as being an Honorary Research Associate of the Faculty of Medicine since 2000. He has previously taught undergraduate students at the University of Sydney.

Dr. Howe maintains a keen interest in dental research holding several research grants and publishing widely. His current research is into the prevention of cleft lip and palate.

Dr. Howe has held several positions within the Australian Dental Association NSW Branch and was a director of the prestigious ADA Centre for Continuing Education and Professional Development.

Dr. Howe was admitted as a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy in 2001. In 2009, he was further honoured for his work in dentistry by being granted Fellowship in the Academy of Dentistry International.


Professor Damon Eisen

Infectious Diseases Physician

Professor Damon Eisen is an academic Infectious Diseases Physician. He is currently the Professor of Medicine at James Cook University as well as Director of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Research at the Townsville Hospital in Queensland. Professor Eisen is also an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Monash University. Professor Eisen is a University of Melbourne graduate and was, most recently, a full-time Senior Staff Infectious Diseases Specialist at Royal Melbourne between 2003 and 2015. Prior to this he has also been a Senior Staff Infectious Diseases Specialist at Monash University.

Professor Eisen practices in all areas of Infectious Diseases having received his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 1994. He has an active research program that investigates; the role of aspirin in prevention of sepsis, the use of big data for clinical outcomes research and innate immunity biology in vascular disease. He has published over 90 peer review papers and received over $1.3 million in grant funding.

Professor Eisen has provided expert opinions for 13 years in all aspects of Infectious Diseases.


Dr Jonathan J Negus

Orthopaedic Surgeon

A Cambridge graduate with a consistent record of high achievement in both academic and non-academic areas. Dr Negus have held a number of positions of responsibility, which have developed his inter-personal, team-working, leadership, organisational and communications skills.

He received his PhD from the University of Sydney for which he was awarded the ‘Foundation for Surgery Scholarship’ from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the $10,000 award from the AOA Registrars Association for the best Registrar research in 2013.

He is fellowship trained in all aspects of hip and knee surgery including sports, arthroplasty and robotic surgery. He has a specialist interest in lower limb reconstruction, sports surgery and rehabilitation.


Dr Joseph Dunn


Dr Joe Dunn is a psychiatrist in private practice in Cremorne. He has been the medical superintendent of Northside Cremorne Clinic, a private psychiatric hospital owned by Ramsay Health Care, for the past 24 years. He is the author of three books on mental wellbeing, one of which sold more than 40,000 copies in seven languages.

He is a clinical senior lecturer at Sydney University medical school and his practice is divided between clinical and medicolegal work. He started and continues to lead a national charity, Psychs on Bikes, involving motorcycle riding mental health professionals trying to reduce the burden or mental illness in rural and remote Australia.