Legal and Regulatory Issues for the Health Sector: Defamation and the Health Sector

A health check for health care practitioners regarding your rights when subjected to criticism online, to the regulator or elsewhere. You will gain knowledge of what is defamation, how the laws may or may not assist you to prevent the criticism plus other forms of relief, what evidence is required to succeed and how much money might be awarded.

Wednesday, 19 June 2024
Early Bird Discount ends 10 May 2024 $112.00

Attend and earn 1 CPD unit in Substantive Law
This program is applicable to practitioners from all States & Territories


Robert Samut, Principal, Barry Nilsson

1.00pm to 2.00pm What You Need to Know about Defamation Before You Pay the Lawyers


  • What is this thing called…Defamation and those who practice on it?
  • The tyranny of a less than glowing social media review about you
  • Recent changes to legislation and their effects on you
  • How to deal with defamatory publications
  • But there has been a report to AHPRA!
  • Where the real fight often is: Defences
  • Damages: quantum and the American version: QUANTUM!
  • Victory may be sweet but can be Pyrrhic

Presented by Darren Bracken, Barrister, Foley’s List


Mr Darren Bracken, Barrister,
Darren Bracken practises broadly in the civil jurisdiction providing strategic advice and advocacy in both common law and commercial proceedings. His broad experience allows efficient and insightful assessment of facts, law and circumstances resulting in early identification of a case's strengths and difficulties. Darren's strong verbal skills facilitate real communication with a broad range of clients and his sincerity and professional verve result in his clients feeling engaged and confident that their interests are being enthusiastically advanced. Darren's acute commercial sense facilitates cost effective representation resulting in real solutions. Darren's experience includes appearing in cases involving debt disputes, insurance disputes (acting for both insurer and insured), professional indemnity claims, defamation proceedings, building disputes. Confiscation Act matters, Sentencing Act claims for property and compensation and a wide range of tortuous claims including class actions/group proceedings. Darren has appeared in many Supreme Court and Court of Appeal cases dealing with applications for compensation under the Sentencing Act including many of the 'Esso/Longford applications' and subsequent appeals. He has appeared at the Racing Appeals Tribunal, the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board and the International Court of Arbitration for Sport. Darren's forensic skills are augmented by 15 years in the Victoria Police Force substantially involved in the investigation of complex crime. He completed his articles of clerkship with Abbott Stillman and Wilson dealing with a wide variety of commercial (including bankruptcy) and personal injury litigation. On coming to the Bar, Darren read with Mark Dreyfus QC (now Federal Member for Isaacs). Darren was a sessional staff member at Deakin University during 1998-2001. In June 2005, led by Lex Lasry QC (as he then was) went to Sierra Leone for the appeal of an Australian citizen in relation to serious criminal charges and whilst there was appointed an Independent Prosecutor to the Special Court of Sierra Leone. Darren is currently a Law Reporter for the Victorian Reports in relation to Civil and Commercial matters. Darren is a member of the Common Law Bar Association and a committee member of the Medico Legal Society.

This seminar is part of a series

Legal and Regulatory Issues for the Health Sector

Through May and June, these 6 webinars cover a broad range of issues designed to keep you up to date with the hottest medico-legal issues, regulatory and commercial developments you, as a senior health decision maker or legal advisor need to understand. Choose to register for all 6 or just the ones that most interest you. The webinars will cover women’s health issues, risk in patient discharge and the problems with delayed diagnosis to regulatory updates, AI in healthcare and understanding defamation.


Attend the full series and earn 9 CPD units including
6.5 units in Substantive Law
2.5 units in Professional Skills
This program is applicable to practitioners from all States & Territories

If you register for the full series as a live online product after the date of an individual session, you will be sent the recording for the sessions that have passed. Alternatively, you can register for individual sessions by following the links below.


Very informative and engaging. Thank you.
A thorough coverage of the area of disputes pertaining to medical practitioners.


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Legal and Regulatory Issues for the Health Sector: Defamation and the Health Sector


Single Session
Wednesday, 19 June 2024
12.00pm to 1.00pm Australia/Sydney
CPD Points 1
Early Bird Discount ends 10 May 2024 $112.00
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