Nurse banned for stealing PPE during COVID-19 national storage

A tribunal has banned a registered nurse from Western Australia from applying for registration for a year after she stole personal protective equipment (PPE), including face masks and disposable gloves, during a critical national shortage amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2020, Selvarani Burwood was working casually at a Tertiary institution as a clinical nurse […]

The Coroner’s Court: extracting tips for improved documentation

Every jurisdiction in Australia has legislation that establishes the role and function of the Coroner and the Coroner’s court. Of particular relevance to healthcare professionals is the power of the Coroner to conduct an Inquest into a reportable death which is defined in each jurisdiction and includes deaths that are unexpected, unnatural, as a result […]

Familiar findings

In June 2018 the Gosport War Memorial Hospital Report (GWMHR) was released. Themes within these findings are familiar, a reflection of past Inquiries into healthcare failures in acute and aged care across the globe. What happened at GWMH? From as early as 1988 concerns had been raised by staff regarding the use of diamorphine via […]

In the news…Prosecution of fake practitioners

The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law governs the regulation of health professionals in every state and territory in Australia and protects the public through ensuring that only properly qualified and educated practitioners can use protected titles of the 14 regulated professions including nurse, midwife, doctor, psychologist and dentist. There are provisions within the legislation that […]