Chris has 20 years of experience in health and medical law, delivering solutions to clients in the insurance and health sectors. Chris’ focus and experience lies in claims against health practitioners and hospitals, disciplinary matters and complaints, coronial investigations and inquests, and credentialing. He has also assisted and advised on Medicare, risk management and employment issues.
Chris’ experience is complemented by his degrees in science and law, and postgraduate qualifications in nursing, midwifery and neonatal intensive care. His legal experience combined with more than 10 years’ experience as a clinician and manager in public and private hospitals, sees him ideally placed to assist hospitals, and medical and allied health indemnity insurers and their members. Chris understands all aspects of the health care industry, not only the legal. He has previously worked for national law firms and small specialist insurance firms, as well as in-house at Australia’s largest medical defence organisation.
Chris is a member of the Queensland Law Society and the Medico-Legal Society of Queensland.
- Litigated and unlitigated claims against medical practitioners, nurses, dentists and other allied health professionals and hospitals/health care facilities and staff.
- Disciplinary and complaints matters before the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and associated health practitioner Boards, Office of the Health Ombudsman (and former Health Quality and Complaints Commission) and other organisations and agencies regulating the health care sector in Australia. Such matters have included clinical, communication and professional boundary issues.
- Investigations, hearings and inquests conducted by the Coroner, including representing a regional private health care facility, emergency medicine physician and rural and remote general practitioner.
- Assistance to medical practitioners with credentialing issues, most recently looking after the interests of an obstetrician and gynaecologist, and a vascular surgeon.
- Assisting two general practitioners with Medicare investigations and audits as part of the Practitioner Review Program.
- Representing a rural medicine specialist and a psychiatrist with numerous complaints, and negotiating an outcome without a Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal contested hearing.
- The successful appeal of a decision by AHPRA regarding onerous conditions on the medical registration of a general, vascular and endovascular surgeon.
- Assisting a number of aged care facilities regarding complaints to the Aged Care Complaints Commission.
- Assisting with the review and drafting of hospital policies and procedures.