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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

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. See Educator Profile


24 Total Rating(s)
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Shamiso Dzinavatonga
02 Apr 2020

Well presented

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Pauline Jackson
27 Feb 2020

Excellent overview.

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Linda Mai
19 Jan 2020

Interesting topic!

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bronwyn ann beecroft
02 Dec 2019

Excellent, thought provoking.

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Felicity Ann Woolcock
03 Nov 2019

great little resource, very relevant and informative.

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16 Oct 2019

Very interesting lecture

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Michele Selby
06 Oct 2019

Excellent. Case studies are very useful in all areas of nursing.

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Vicki Maree Judge
28 Sep 2019

This course outlined that a near miss must be documented . Handover must be concise and streamlined.

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anu Thottungal
25 Sep 2019

Very interesting and valuable lecture. Shows the importance of our duty of care and documentaion.

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Trevor Lowe
22 Sep 2019

Sometimes I wish that these activities include the entire clip. It seems that the first speaker had been discussing information prior to the beginning of the clip and some of the prior material could be relevant. Also, a better capturing of audience comments and questions that the speaker is responding to.