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Biceps Tendon Rupture

July 5th 9:00 am

The Popeye Arm!

Those growing up in the 60s and 70s will remember the infamous sailor man, Popeye, who devoured spinach out of the tin that gave him an immediate monstrous force to punch the bad guys around in defence of his eternal girlfriend Olive.
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ISO Certification

June 21st 9:00 am

How Lex Medicus became an ISO certified medico-legal company

Two weeks into a new role at Lex Medicus, our Director, Mr Thomas Kossmann came to Heidi Zec with a “small project”, to have our company certified for three ISO Standards. Eager to make a good impression, Heidi accepted the challenge, teamed up with our General Manager, Giulia Kossmann and began the work.
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Hip Dysplasia

June 7th 9:00 am

Hip Dysplasia late diagnosis: invasive surgery and compensation

Those growing up in the 60s and 70s will remember the infamous sailor man, Popeye, who devoured spinach out of the tin that gave him an immediate monstrous force to punch the bad guys around in defence of his eternal girlfriend Olive.
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Knee Arthroscopy

May 24th 9:00 am

Knee arthroscopy: Dilemma - is it unnecessary surgery?

Surgeons love to operate. This is what they have been trained for in lengthy, arduous careers. But how much of the surgery done is truly necessary? Is surgical treatment always demonstrated to provide benefit when compared to conservative treatment?
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Crack the Doctor's Code

April 26th 9:00 am

How to Crack the Doctor's Code?

Inspired by the seminar given by Lex Medicus Director Thomas Kossmann on medical terminology at Maurice Blackburn in Melbourne last Wednesday, we thought that this topic would be interesting for our larger audience.
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

April 5th 9:00 am

Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome a work-related disease?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a frequent pathology affecting individuals over 35 years of age and mostly women. It is often thought to be caused by manual labour and computer work. The aetiology of this condition remains controversial and it is unclear to what extent anatomical and predisposing factors or professional activities lead to the disease.
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Medical Negligence

March 16th 10:00 am

When is medical negligence a crime?

Medicine is not an exact science. A wealth of factors determine the quality of care provided to patients, which strictly depend on level of experience of the health professional, the speciality in which he/she operates, the uniqueness of each case and the condition that patient is suffering from.
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Sacrum Fracture

March 1st 10:00 am

Pathology series: Sacrum fracture

A sacral fracture is a break in the low portion of the spine located in the posterior side of the pelvic ring between the two hipbones. A fracture to the sacrum mostly occurs via trauma or as a stress fracture.
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Sport Concussion

February 15th 9:00 am

Sports-related concussion, more than a legal matter

The Australian Institute of Sport and the Australian Medical Association published a paper in January 2017 to define sport-related concussions and provide recommendations to be implemented in sport settings to reduce the incidence of a concussion.
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Spine Examination

February 1st 9:00 am

The ABC of the examination of the spine

The examination of the spine for either clinical or medico-legal assessment is delicate. Forming a diagnosis and determining any impairments that may have been caused by an injury or degenerative condition is challenging due to the highly sophisticated structural anatomy of the spine.
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Tattoos

January 18th 9:00 am

Do you want a tattoo? Think again

The popularity of body tattoos is on the rise. While having a tattoo goes back to ancient traditions of ethnic identity, and membership to organisations with at times dubious practices, nowadays having a tattoo is a meaningful distinctive hallmark that defines who we are and our relationship to others.
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Spondylolysis & Spondylolistesis

December 21st, 2016 9:00 am

Santa Syndrome - Spondylolysis and Spondylolistesis

This pathology is a also named Santa syndrome... Ho Ho!The terms referring to these pathologies derive from ancient Greek. Spondylolysis sphondylos + lysis (vertebrae + rupture) and Spondylolisthesis sphondylos + olisthanein (vertebrae + falling) mean respectively, the fracture and the forward displacement of one vertebra relative the vertebra below.
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Thumb Fracture

November 23rd, 2016 9:00 am

Thumb Fracture - Introduction and Case Report

The thumb is indeed our most important finger, the one that distinguishes us (and primates) from other species by conferring our superiority in a multitude of manual functions including pinch, grasp and fine movement.
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Compartment Syndrome

November 9th, 2016 9:00 am

Thomas Kossmann presented at the Australian Lawyers Alliance National Conference

This year, Lex Medicus has continued not only as a key sponsoring partner but also an active participant of the National Conference of the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA).
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Dr Peter Blombery writes on pain

April 10, 2017

Dr Peter Blombery writes on pain

Chronic pain is a recurrent medical problem with major implications in the medico legal sector.
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New ISCRR Report on Work Related Injury

April 10, 2017

New ISCRR Report on Work Related Injury

Musculoskeletal injuries are the most common injury claim type in work-related injury, according to the recent ISCRR report.
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Dr Peter Blombery, Consultant Physician

April 10, 2017

Dr Peter Blombery, Consultant Physician

A highly regarded Consultant Physician (Vascular Disease and Pain Management) with extensive experience in providing quality medico- legal reports.
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Compensation in spinal cord injury: diagnosis vs treatment

April 10, 2017

Compensation in spinal cord injury: diagnosis vs treatment

Compensation in spinal cord injured ptients is a complex topic with many variables that can influence the outcome. 
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Lex Medicus is once again a sponsors of ALA VIC State Conference

April 10, 2017

Lex Medicus is once again a sponsors of ALA VIC State Conference

Visit our booth on 13-14 May at the Australian Lawyer Alliance VIC State Conference, in Torquay, Peppers the Sands Resort
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Class action settlement of $250 million against DePuy in Australia

April 10, 2017

Class action settlement of $250 million against DePuy in Australia

The class action proceedings by Shine Lawyers and Maurice Blackburn against DePuy and Johnson & Johnson, have reached a settlement agreement.
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Tennis Elbow? Not that simple!

April 10, 2017

Tennis Elbow? Not that simple!

Lateral epicondylitis, also called tennis elbow, is a very painful and debilitating condition occurring in people with upper extremities work load.
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Pathology series: Tennis Elbow

April 10, 2017

Pathology series: Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow refers to pathology of the extensor tendon located on the outer side of the elbow causing significant pain.
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Pathology series: Osteoarthritis of the hip

April 10, 2017

Pathology series: Osteoarthritis of the hip

Osteoarthritis is the most frequent form of arthritis concerning millions of individuals worldwide.
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Osteoarthritis of the hip: a growing health problem

April 10, 2017

Osteoarthritis of the hip: a growing health problem

Classified as one of the major chronic diseases in Australia, osteoarthritis touches 1.8 million individuals (8%).
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"Wine and Negligence" Seminar

April 10, 2017

"Wine and Negligence" Seminar

Lex Medicus recently hosted the inaugural Wine and Negligence seminar, with Director Mr Thomas Kossmann presenting on Compartment Syndrome.
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Pathology series: Proximal Humerus Fracture

April 10, 2017

Pathology series: Proximal Humerus Fracture

A common fracture caused by a fall or through impact from sports or motor vehicle accidents. It is the third most common fracture in the elderly.
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Introducing A/Prof Cristina Morganti-Kossmann

April 10, 2017

Introducing A/Prof Cristina Morganti-Kossmann

Lex Medicus Publishing provides invaluable educational resources to give an edge of medical understanding in interactions with clients.
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Pathology series: Long Biceps Tendonitis

April 10, 2017

Pathology series: Long Biceps Tendonitis

Long biceps tendonitis can be caused by repetitive overhead activities, or sudden injury caused by excessive force to the biceps tendons when lifting.
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Mr Thomas Kossmann to speak at ALA Breakfast Seminar

April 10, 2017

Mr Thomas Kossmann to speak at ALA Breakfast Seminar

Mr Thomas Kossmann will present at the ALA Breakfast Seminar on Thursday, 11 August on "Inside the Spine: From Injury to Impairment Assessment".
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Impairment Assessment Case Study: Shoulder rotator cuff pathology

April 10, 2017

Impairment Assessment Case Study: Shoulder rotator cuff pathology

To facilitate the comprehension of the process of impairment assessment, Lex Medicus will regularly present actual case studies of patients.
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Natalie Stansen, Quality Assurance Consultant

April 10, 2017

Natalie Stansen, Quality Assurance Consultant

Natalie Stansen has been promoted to the role of Quality Assurance Consultant and Paralegal.
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Perinatal Death at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital

April 10, 2017

Perinatal Death at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital

Comment by A/Prof Ian Pettigrew, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
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Lex Medicus presentation at the National Conference of the ALA

April 10, 2017

Lex Medicus presentation at the National Conference of the ALA

This year, Lex Medicus was a key sponsoring partner and an active participant to the National Conference of the Australian Lawyers Alliance. Our Director, Mr Thomas Kossmann, was an invited speaker. The conference was held on 20-22 October 2016 in tropical Port Douglas at the Sheraton Mirage Resort.
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Lex Medicus’ 12 rules to write a winning Medico Legal Report

April 10, 2017

Lex Medicus’ 12 rules to write a winning Medico Legal Report

Lex Medicus’ success relies on a unique model of medico legal report writing that is standardised, comprehensive, simple and unequivocal. 
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Director of Lex Medicus to speak at ALA National Conference

April 10, 2017

Director of Lex Medicus to speak at ALA National Conference

Thomas Kossmann will speak at the National Conference of the Australian Lawyer Alliance
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Introducing Associate Professor Ian Pettigrew

April 10, 2017

Introducing Associate Professor Ian Pettigrew

Associate Professor Ian Pettigrew is a senior consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist at Lex Medicus.
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Pathology series: Shoulder Dislocation Luxation

April 10, 2017

Pathology series: Shoulder Dislocation Luxation

Shoulder Dislocation Luxation Shoulder Dislocation Luxation
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Introducing A/Prof Abdul Khalid, Psychiatrist

April 10, 2017

Introducing A/Prof Abdul Khalid, Psychiatrist

A/Prof Abdul Khalid will co-host our next seminar, "Wine and Psychiatry", on 10 November.
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Introducing Professor David Barton, Psychiatrist

April 10, 2017

Introducing Professor David Barton, Psychiatrist

Professor David Barton will co-host our next seminar, "Wine and Psychiatry", on 10 November.
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Lex Medicus becomes a multisciplinary medico legal practice

April 10, 2017

Lex Medicus becomes a multisciplinary medico legal practice

Lex Medicus is pleased to introduce a number of new consultants joining our team of medical examiners in 2016. 
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The enormous impact of spinal pathologies in client compensation

April 10, 2017

The enormous impact of spinal pathologies in client compensation

In this issue of our newsletter, Lex Medicus Publishing is presenting a pathology: Disk Herniation of the Spine. 
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Events

NATIONAL CONFERENCES

Informa’s Annual Medico Legal Congress

Venue: Swissotel

Sydney, NSW

9 March – 10 March 2017

https://www.informa.com.au/event/medico-legal-congress/

20th Commonwealth Law Conference

20 March 2017– 24 March 2017

Melbourne

The Commonwealth Lawyers Association is delighted to be returning to the southern hemisphere where the vibrant city of Melbourne will host the 20th Commonwealth Law Conference, in association with the Law Institute of Victoria. The theme of the 2017 conference, “Thriving in a global world: building on the rule of law” presents a unique canvass to consider legal issues in our globalised world that both innovate and challenge lawyers practising today.  

http://commonwealthlawconference.org/?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=CPC&utm_campaign=search&gclid=CJG60cXiuNECFYGbvAodDlYI4Q

3rd Annual Personal Injury Law Conference

Seminar Detail

Session ID: 173Q26

Date: Friday, 24 March 2017

Time: 09:00am - 05:15pm

Venue: Mercure Hotel Brisbane, Level 2, 85-87 North Quay, Brisbane

http://www.legalwiseseminars.com.au/search/SeminarDetail?SessionId=173Q26

Australian Orthopaedic Association Medico-Legal Society

Medico-Legal Meeting 2017 1–2 September 2017 Sydney

CONTACTS

Chair Drew Dixon Suite 2, Rear Building, 41 Palmerston Road Hornsby NSW 2077 T 02 9477 5838 E drewdix@people.net.au

https://www.aoa.org.au/subspecialties/medico-legal

Australian Lawyers Alliance Meetings:

·       QLD State  Conference 17-18 FEB, RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast

·       NSW State  Conference 17 MAR, Dockside Convention Centre, Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour

·       VIC State  Conference 12-13 MAY, Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo 

·       Medical Law  Conference 21 JULY, Dockside Convention Centre, Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour 

·       ACT Branch  Conference 25 AUG, ANU Commons, Acton

·       WA State Conference  - SEPT (Date & venue to be confirmed)

·       National Conference  19-21 OCT, Darwin Convention Centre

·       SA State Conference  10 NOV, St Mark's College, North Adelaide    

Find updates here:

https://www.lawyersalliance.com.au/events/event/vic-Upper-extremities-part1

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES

American College Of Legal Medicine 57th Annual Meeting 2017

February 23, 2017 - February 26, 2017

Venue: Bally’s Las Vegas

Las Vegas , United States

http://www.medical.theconferencewebsite.com/conference-info/american-college-of-legal-medicine-57th-annual-meeting-2017

 

2nd Annual International Congress of the International Association of Law and Forensic Science 2017

March 17, 2017 - March 19, 2017

Venue: Intercontinental City Stars

Cairo , Egypt

n Collaboration With Islamic Countries Organization of Forensic Medicine (ICOFM) The 2nd Korean Forensic Medicine Authority Middle East Congress The 8th Arab Union of Forensic Physicians Congress The Turkish Society of Forensic and Clinical Toxicology The Eurasian Academy of Forensic Medicine & Sciences

http://www.medical.theconferencewebsite.com/conference-info/2nd-annual-international-congress-of-the-international-association-of-law-and-forensic-science-2017

 

12th World Conference on Bioethics, Medical Ethics and Health Law 2017

Venue: Saint Raphael Hotel,

Limassol, Cyprus

March 21, 2017 - March 23, 2017

The UNESCO Chair in Bioethics is pleased to invite you to become an active participant at the 12th World Conference. The Conference is designed to offer a platform for the exchange of information and knowledge and to hold discussions, lectures, workshops and exhibition of programs and databases. If you wish to take part in the scientific program, submit your abstract to: confer@isas.co.il See here for abstract submission details Deadline for abstract submission: November 30, 2016

http://www.medical.theconferencewebsite.com/conference-info/12th-world-conference-on-bioethics-medical-ethics-and-health-law-2017

North American Brain Injury Society 30th Annual Conference on Legal Issues in Brain Injury 2017

Venue: Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

New Orleans, USA

March 29, 2017 - April 1, 2017

http://www.medical.theconferencewebsite.com/conference-info/north-american-brain-injury-society-30th-annual-conference-on-legal-issues-in-brain-injury-2017

12th Annual Medical-Legal Partnership Summit 2017

Venue: Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

National Harbor, USA

April 5, 2017 - April 7, 2017

http://www.medical.theconferencewebsite.com/conference-info/12th-annual-medicallegal-partnership-summit-2017

North South Oceanic Legal & medical Conference

Cruise on Silver Galapagos & Quito JW Marriott

20 April 2017 – 29 April 2017

Galapagos, Chile

The academic program has always been the centrepiece of our conferences, but an equally important element is the networking activities we organise outside the professional program. The interaction facilitated by CPE Conferences’ social programs have established an increased camaraderie between professionals of all backgrounds and specialties, a mutual referring of clients and access to professional resources which previously would have been either inaccessible or unknown.

http://www.cpeconferences.com/medical-legal-conferences/2017-medical-legal-conferences/

 

South West Legal & Medical Conference

Venue: The singular

Santiago, Chile

8 May 2017 – 15 May 2017

The Santiago Legal Conference runs in conjunction with the Galapagos Expedition Conference to be held 20 - 29 April 2017. The multiple registration rate applies if delegates simultaneously register for more than one conference.  We are an endorsed provider of Continuing Medical Education for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. This conference attracts points at rate of 2 points per hour of participation (although not every session attracts points).

The Santiago Conference is also combinable with the Macchu Picchu and Inca Trail private tour, 30 April - 7 May, 2017.

http://www.cpeconferences.com/medical-legal-conferences/2017-medical-legal-conferences/

 

29th Annual Clinical Negligence Conference 2017 (AVMA 2017)

Venue: Royal Armouries Museum

Leeds, UK

June 23, 2017 - June 24, 2017

http://www.medical.theconferencewebsite.com/conference-info/29th-annual-clinical-negligence-conference-2017

 

Europe Asia Legal & Medical Conference

Venue: Grand Hotel Tritone

Positano, Italy

25 June 2017 – 2 July 2017

CPE Conferences is an endorsed QI & CPD provider of Continuing Medical Education (CME) for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).

http://www.cpeconferences.com/medical-legal-conferences/2017-medical-legal-conferences/

 

Pan Europe Pacific Legal & Medical Conference

Venue: Hotel Royal Saint Honore

Paris, France

5 July 2017 – 5 July 2017

CPE Conferences is an endorsed QI & CPD provider of Continuing Medical Education (CME) for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).

http://www.cpeconferences.com/medical-legal-conferences/2017-medical-legal-conferences/

 

23rd World Association for Medical Law (WAML) Annual Congress- 50th Golden Anniversary Meeting

July 10, 2017 – July 13, 2017

Baku, Azerbaijan

The World Association for Medical Law (WAML) was established and the first Congress was held in Ghent, Belgium in 1967.

The purpose of the WAML is to encourage the study and discussion of health law, legal medicine and ethics, for the benefit of society and the advancement of human rights. The aim of the WAML is to promote the study of the consequences in jurisprudence, legislation and ethics of developments in medicine, health care and related sciences.

http://wafml.memberlodge.org/

 

Europe Oceania Legal & Medical Conference

Venue: On board SS Antoinette (Cruise)

Rhine River, France

15 July 2017 – 23 July 2017

The conference begins in the medieval town of Basel, Switzerland, before embarking on Uniworld’s SS Antoinette (or River Empress) to explore this stunning part of Europe. CPE Conferences is an endorsed QI & CPD provider of Continuing Medical Education (CME) for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).

http://www.cpeconferences.com/medical-legal-conferences/2017-medical-legal-conferences/

 

North South Legal & Medical Conference

Venue: Pulitzer Hotel

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

24 July 2017 – 31 July 2017

CPE Conferences is an endorsed QI & CPD provider of Continuing Medical Education (CME) for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).

http://www.cpeconferences.com/medical-legal-conferences/2017-medical-legal-conferences/

 

Pan Europe Asia Legal & Medical Conference

Venue: Centro Congressi Cavour

Rome, Italy

29 September 2017 – 6 October 2017

CPE Conferences is an endorsed QI & CPD provider of Continuing Medical Education (CME) for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).

http://www.cpeconferences.com/medical-legal-conferences/2017-medical-legal-conferences/

 

Pan Europe Oceania Legal & Medical Conference @ Sea

On board the Silver Spirit, Pre-cruise: Bernini Bristol Hotel

From Rome to Sicily & Italian Riviera, Italy up to Monte Carlo

Italy and Monte Carlo

6 October 2017 – 16 October 2017

CPE Conferences is an endorsed QI & CPD provider of Continuing Medical Education (CME) for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).

http://www.cpeconferences.com/medical-legal-conferences/2017-medical-legal-conferences/

 

USA Pacific Legal & Medical Conference

Venue: World-Wide Business Centre

New York, USA

12 December 2012 – 19 December 2012

CPE Conferences is an endorsed QI & CPD provider of Continuing Medical Education (CME) for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).

http://www.cpeconferences.com/medical-legal-conferences/2017-medical-legal-conferences/

Courses

COURSES & SEMINARS

Seminar series at Lex Medicus Suites

9 February 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Title: Wine & Pain. Clinical & Medico Legal Aspects of Chronic Pain

Presented by Dr Peter Blombery and followed by Italian wine tasting with Sommelier James Ahearn.

Lex Medicus 9 Yarra street, Suite 1012, South Yarra

For bookings email: reception@lexmedicus.com.au

 

Seminar series at Lex Medicus Suites

18 May 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Title: Wine & Spine. 

Presented by Orthopaedics Surgeons, Mr Roy Carey & Mr Thomas Kossmann, followed by wine tasting with Sommelier James Ahearn.

Lex Medicus 9 Yarra street, Suite 1012, South Yarra

For bookings email: reception@lexmedicus.com.au

 

Australian Lawyers Alliance QLD State Conference

17 February 2017, 2:15 pm

RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast

Title of the talk: The fundamentals of Spinal Surgery, by Mr Thomas Kossmann

 

Australian Lawyers Alliance Breakfast seminar series

Melbourne CBD, Venue to be confirmed

Title: Upper extremities Part 1 & Part 2, by Mr Thomas Kossmann

24 August 2017

7:50 am – 10 am

 

Australian Lawyers Alliance Breakfast seminar series

Melbourne CBD, Venue to be confirmed

Title: Lower extremities Part 1 & Part 2, by Mr Thomas Kossmann

15 June 2017

7:50 am – 10 am

Writing Medico Legal Reports (Royal College of Surgeons)

12 September 2017 - Brisbane, QLD, Australia 

Workshop information

This evening workshop helps you to gain greater insight into the issues relating to providing expert opinion and translates the understanding into the preparation of high quality reports. It also explores the lawyer/expert relationship and the role of an advocate. You can learn how to produce objective, well-structured and comprehensive reports that communicate effectively to the reader. This ability is one of the most important roles of an expert adviser.

Key learning outcomes:

  • The legal rules covering admissibility of an expert report
  • How to prepare and set out an expert report to ensure compliance with court     rules
  • The lawyer/expert relationship, advocate perspective and surgical perspective     on form and content.

This course is recommended for surgeons with an interest in medico legal matters. Participants are also encouraged to attend AMA Impairment Guidelines Level 5th Edition: Difficult Cases

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points

Presenters: Mr Joe Lizzio FRACS and RACS Fellows

http://www.surgeons.org/for-health-professionals/register-courses-events/professional-development/writing-medico-legal-reports/

AMA Impairment Guidelines 5th Edition: Difficult Cases

Seminar information

The American Medical Association (AMA) Impairment Guidelines inform medico legal practitioners as to the level of impairment suffered by patients and assist with their decision as to the suitability of a patient's return to work. While the guidelines are extensive, they sometimes do not account for unusual or difficult cases that arise from time to time. This evening workshop provides surgeons involved in the management of medico legal cases with a forum to discuss their difficult cases, the problems they encountered and the steps they applied to satisfactorily resolve the issues faced. This workshop complements the accredited AMA Guideline Training Courses.

2 September 2017 - Sydney, NSW, Australia 

Presenters: RACS Fellows

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points

http://www.surgeons.org/for-health-professionals/register-courses-events/professional-development/ama-impairment-guidelines-5th-edition-difficult-cases/