Health Alert (Australia) - July 21, 2014


In This Issue:

Judgments; Legislation; and Reports.

Excerpt from Judgments:

Queensland -

14 April 2014 (published 11 July 2014) - Ladhams v Medical Board of Australia (No 2) [2014] QCAT 286 -

This was an appeal by a doctor to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal of a decision by the Medical Board of Australia to take immediate action against him and place conditions on his registration.

The decision was made after a patient, who was being treated by the doctor for Lyme Disease with intravenous antibiotics, presented to hospital because of complications with her peripherally inserted central catheter. The existence, diagnosis and treatment of Lyme Disease are matters of considerable controversy within the medical profession and the diagnosis of Lyme Disease in this case was not clinically supported, as the patient had not travelled overseas or have a history of tick bite.

The Tribunal confirmed the decision of the Board to take immediate action, considering that the doctor posed a serious risk to persons because he showed a bias towards diagnosing Lyme Disease. This presented a real and serious risk of misdiagnosis and that other conditions could remain undiagnosed and untreated...

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