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Lecture Overview

Do you know what your obligation to your duty of care is when someone at work is affected by a severe mental health condition? This session will touch on different aspects of industrial law and how they relate to mental health, including your primary duties and responsibilities as a healthcare professional under the Work Health and Safety Act toward both patients, and other workmates who may be affected by serious mental health conditions. The second half of this presentation will examine several high-profile cases in which miscommunication and suboptimal care in the treatment of people with mental health conditions had fatal consequences.


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Shae McCartney Visit

Shae McCartney is a partner at Clayton Utz in the Workplace Relations, Employment & Safety Group. Shae advises corporate and government clients on a range of issues, including industrial and employment, health and safety, legal compliance, as well as dispute resolution. Shae's strategic and litigious industrial relations knowledge spans a broad range of industrially active industries, such as local and state government, banking, mining, construction, manufacturing, ports, aviation, transport, water, and electricity. Shae's clients report that her industry knowledge, interest in and understanding of their business ensures that she always provides commercial, practical, and outcome-focused legal advice. An experienced trainer, she provides innovative and practical training (both public and client-tailored) in all areas of employment law. Some of the training topics Shae covers are the transition to Fair Work Act, occupational health & safety, managing injured workers, advocacy before courts and tribunals, complex EEO and bullying investigations, managing absenteeism, and industrial relations.


11 Total Rating(s)
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Rickie Nuske
17 Sep 2019

It was good review .

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Lynne Shanahan
17 Sep 2019

Excellent relevant case histories.

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Natalie Barnes
07 Sep 2019


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Dianne Paddock
03 Sep 2019

excellent presentation

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Bruce Garry
24 Aug 2019

The use of case studies made the legal concepts more understandable. It was worthwhile to be reminded of the unforgiving nature of legal responsibility in nursing.

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Karen Church
20 Aug 2019

Engaging and relevant.

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Maryanne O'Neill
20 Aug 2019

Interesting! Confronting! Necessary and thought-provoking !

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Mary Wyn
16 Aug 2019