15 August 2013  
The closing session of the 2013 MIIAA Annual Forum will be a moderated discussion, hosted by MIIAA Deputy Chair, Dr Andrew Miller and featuring a panel of professionals from medicine and the law. The session intends to explore the current issues that face doctors, what the cumulative effect of these may be in a personal and professional sense and how medical insurers and regulators might be impacted.

The panel will look at different perspectives around the issue of stressed doctors. Each panellist has an enormous amount of personal experience of these issues, which will be drawn out to provide some insight into how stressors impact on doctors individually and then how this plays out at a system level, affecting patient care.

Through a case study, our panellists will consider how a GP copes while in dispute with their employer over payments, responding to a report to AHPRA and managing a matter before the state Health Complaints Commission. By the end of the session, we hope to have developed some specific advice for doctors and their insurers on dealing with the increased pressures on the profession and have some thoughts around how policy settings could be changed to assist.

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Session Speakers
Dr Andrew Miller, MIIAA Deputy Chairman and Treasurer
Dr Miller is a legally qualified specialist anaesthetist. He has been involved in medical indemnity as a Councillor of MDA National since 1998 and is an alternate director MDA National Insurance.

Dr Miller has a long term interest in national medical indemnity policy and has been on the Board of MIIAA since its inception in 2001. He has presented widely at national and international conferences and published articles that advocate the role of the medical indemnity insurers in improving safety and quality for patients and the medical profession.

Dr Sara Bird - Manager, Medico-legal and Advisory Services, MDA National
Dr Bird's background is in general practice, having worked as a GP in Sydney for over 10 years. Since 1998 she has worked with medical defence organisations as a claims manager and medico-legal adviser. She has a particular interest in clinical risk management and writes a monthly risk management article for GPs in Australian Family Physician. Dr Bird is also the author of the Medicolegal Handbook for General Practice which was published in 2006.

Her role as Manager, Medico-Legal and Advisory Services at MDA National involves assisting Members and their staff with medico-legal enquiries, complaints, investigations as well as medical negligence claims, both litigated and unlitigated.

Dr Jarek Hryniewicki - Medical Director, The Marian Centre
Dr Hryniewicki is a Consultant Psychiatrist working in private practice. Previously he practiced as a Consultant Psychiatrist in various public and private mental health services. He was also involved in setting up Mental Health Services at Juvenile Justice Division of the Western Australian Department of Justice and worked in State-Wide Forensic Mental Health Services. He was actively involved in Forensic and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Sections of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and frequently provided medico-legal and clinical opinions to other Medical and Correctional Services. He is an active supervisor involved in post-graduate training and associate Senior Lecturer at Notre Dame University.

Dr Hryniewicki has a special interest in psychotherapy and its application to the group setting. He also has been involved in developing a range of inpatient and outpatient therapy programs as well as ECT Program at the Marian Centre.

Dr Hryniewicki was consulted about IT Health Solutions and worked closely with various programmers and software developers in integrating inpatient and outpatient IT services to minimize clinical risks and improving effective flow of clinical and demographic information. Some aspects of this large project were conducted in close collaboration with MDA National. In the past he published articles about Post-traumatic Stress Disorders and early identification of psychosis.

Dr Steve Wilson - Chair, Council of General Practice, AMAWA
Dr Wilson is a GP and Senior Practice Principal at Bassendean Total Health Care. He is the current Chair of the AMA (WA) Council of General Practice and a Senior Lecturer at the School of Medicine at the University of Notre Dame. Dr Wilson is a former Director of the Perth Primary Care Network and was one of the five founding Directors of the Australian Divisions of General Practice. Dr Wilson has been actively involved in GP education in WA, having served as Education Development Officer with the WA Branch of the RACGP and as a member of WAGPET
Enore Panetta - Partner, Panetta McGrath Lawyers
Enore was admitted to practice in 1998 after graduating from the University of Western Australia with First Class Honours in Law. Since 1999, he has specialised in defendant insurance related work, developing his practice with particular focus on acting for and advising medical and other health professionals in the defence of claims for professional negligence, disciplinary proceedings, inquests and statutory bodies. Prior to establishing Panetta McGrath, Enore was a Special Counsel in the litigation and dispute resolution group at a large national law firm. He regularly provides educational lectures, briefings and seminars to keep clients abreast of developments.

Enore is a member of the Law Society of Western Australia, Australian Insurance Law Association and the Australian Professional Indemnity Group.

Earlybird Registration Extended Until 22 August 2013

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