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Medical Negligence and Duty of Care

Speciality Classification
Nurses and Midwives
Location
Online
Delivery
Online
Duration
5 minutes
Provider
Ausmed

Under common law, healthcare professionals have a duty of care towards their clients. Breaching this may result in negligence (Law Handbook SA 2013a).

Note: Australian legislation relating to negligence is mostly aligned, however, small differences do exist between States and Territories. Always refer first to your region's legislation and organisation's policies on negligence and duty of care. A list of further resources can be found below.

Note: This article is related to civil negligence.

What is Medical Negligence?

Negligence can be defined as a failure to take reasonable care or steps to prevent loss or injury to another person. In healthcare, negligence occurs when a healthcare professional fails to take reasonable care or steps to prevent loss or injury to a client (QLD Law Handbook 2016).

Delivery
Title
Medical Negligence and Duty of Care
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Legal, Professional Practice Issues
Location
Provider Type
Education Provider
Duration
5 minutes
Start Date
12-Oct-2020
End Date
12-Oct-2023
CPD Points
5 minutes of CPD
Price
Free
Location
Online
Price:
Free
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