Medico-legal Advisers and Case Managers

Introducing Our Medico-legal Advisers and Case Managers:

 

After completing her law degree at the University of Western Australia, Victoria commenced her legal career as a defendant insurance lawyer at Phillips Fox working in their defendant insurance and professional indemnity litigation section.  Over the years, Victoria has gained extensive experience in the areas of personal injury litigation, professional indemnity and worker’s compensation working in both small and large law firms.  Victoria has represented clients at conciliations, arbitrations and in District and Supreme Court matters.

Victoria joined MDA National in July 2009 as a Claims Manager.
Sara'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 is the author of the Medicolegal Handbook for General Practice which was published in 2006.

Her role as Executive Manager, Professional Services involves assisting Members and their staff with medico-legal enquiries, complaints, investigations and medical negligence claims.
Kristy has broad experience in vocational regulation, insurance and litigation. Prior to joining MDA National in 2018, she had stints at the Legal Profession Complaints Committee and as Legal Counsel (Litigation) for Wesfarmers. Previously, she was in-house legal counsel for the former Medical Board of Western Australia and, subsequently, was Manager, Legal Services for the Western Australian office of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency for a number of years. 

Prior to moving in-house, Kristy practised insurance litigation at Jackson McDonald and Jarman McKenna. She also spent several years practicing as a legal adviser for the litigation departments of Zurich(UK) and Calyon (UK).
Josephine was admitted as a Solicitor in the Republic of Ireland in 1998 and worked in the area of medical negligence defence litigation for St Paul Ireland Insurance Company and the Irish State Claims Agency before migrating to Australia in 2011.

Josephine was admitted as a Lawyer in Western Australia in 2013 and came to MDA National from the Legal & Legislative Services Unit of the Department of Health (WA).
Julie graduated from Macquarie University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB). She obtained her Specialist Accreditation in Personal Injury (Defendant) Litigation in 2000 and her Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of Sydney in 2005. Julie is an Adjunct Lecturer with the University of Notre Dame Australia’s School of Medicine in Sydney, and a member of the NSW Law Society's Professional Conduct Committee. She has also been a member of Concord Repatriation General Hospital’s Human Research Ethics Committee for the past 15 years.

Since commencing work with MDA National in 2005, Julie has provided assistance and advice to Doctors with respect to complaints, claims, performance and disciplinary issues, conduct and health matters, Medicare investigations and audits, Pharmaceutical Services investigations, and Coronial investigations and inquests.
Talitha holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Social Analysis).  She commenced her career as a law clerk in 2000 and was admitted as a solicitor in 2003, practising predominantly as a criminal lawyer. 

Talitha then moved to the United Kingdom, principally working with health practitioner councils in health and registration matters, and in commercial law, specialising in privacy matters and data protection.

On her return to Australia in 2011, Talitha commenced representing nurses in professional regulatory matters.

Talitha began work with MDA National in 2017, providing assistance and advice to medical practitioners with respect to regulatory, disciplinary, performance and health matters, claims, investigations and employment disputes.

Alice holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees. She has specialised in health law since her admission as a legal practitioner in 1997. Before joining MDA National in 2011, Alice worked in private practice where she acted for doctors and hospitals in the defence of medical malpractice claims. Complementing her litigation experience, Alice has done advisory work for various health organisations. She has also managed claims for private hospitals in Australia in her role as a Claims Lawyer for a London-based insurer, a member of the Lloyds Syndicate.

At MDA National, Alice assists Members with claims, regulatory matters (including disciplinary, performance and health matters), Medicare investigations, coronial inquests and medico-legal enquiries.

Since her admission in 1999 Candice has had extensive experience as a solicitor in the United Kingdom and Sydney. Candice specialised largely in the area of Family Law until returning to Perth in 2008 when she commenced work as the in house legal officer at the Office of Health Review (WA). This role included the management of complaints received from patients concerning medical practitioners employed in both the public and private sectors. Whilst Candice acted as an impartial conciliator in the resolution of these complaints she also assisted and provided support to medical practitioners and patients during this process. In addition, Candice provided information to practitioners regarding risk management strategies following on from the resolution of complaints. 

Candice joined MDA National as a Claims Manager in December 2009.

Jane joined MDA National in 2006 as a Medico-legal Adviser. She has a background in general practice and ran her own practice for many years, and continues in general practice part-time. In 2016 she completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Law from the University of Sydney.

Her role at MDA National is to assist Members with medico-legal enquiries, complaints, and investigations. She is also involved with the provision of in-house medical opinions, education and articles.

Nerissa joined MDA National as a Claims Manager in 2008 before moving into a Medico-legal Advisory role in 2010. She holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Workers’ Compensation, Practice and Management from Curtin Business School and is currently completing a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) at Griffith University.

Her main areas of interest are Medical Board, Coronial and Medicare investigations, as well as keeping up to date with the ever-changing medico-legal landscape. Nerissa has been published in a number of internal and external publications, and is currently the sub-editor of Defence Update. In addition to her work at MDA National, Nerissa is the external independent reviewer for the University of Notre Dame (Fremantle).

Mirella graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney with a Bachelor of Laws in 2008. She began her career in private practice specialising in public liability matters and professional negligence claims for various NSW Government clients. Prior to joining MDA National Insurance, Mirella managed a practice defending NSW hospitals, their staff and Visiting Medical Officers in relation to medical negligence claims. During her time in private practice, she also developed an expertise in coronial law and inquests.

Since joining MDA National Insurance in January 2018, Mirella assists Members with various medico-legal issues including defending medical negligence claims, managing complaints and disciplinary matters and advising on coronial investigations and inquests.
Kym is a graduate of the University of Queensland and brings the unique experience of working predominantly in plaintiff civil litigation early on in her career with primary industry employees her clients.  After moving to Sydney, she worked closely with early pioneers of class actions in Australia, arising out of faulty medical products.

After several years living in New York, Kym returned to Sydney and commenced her foray into the health law arena.  Bringing much of her earlier experience, she had the opportunity to focus on assisting doctors with employment or contractual issues, Medicare audits and review as well as disciplinary matters and medical negligence claims. Kym is committed to providing support, advice and assistance to our Members. Joining MDA National in 2016 as a Medico-Legal Adviser, Kym continues to enjoy working with doctors though our advisory service and case management.
Nicole commenced with MDA National in 2006 providing assistance to Claims Managers and the Claims Administration Manager in Perth. In 2009, Nicole moved into the role of Claims Handler, assisting in Claims and Advisory Services by providing assistance to Members as well as Claims Managers in general case management.  

Nicole completed her Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in 2015 and was admitted as a solicitor in 2016. As a Case Manager, Nicole provides advice and assistance to medical practitioners with respect to claims, complaints, performance and disciplinary issues, coronial investigations, and employment disputes.

Janet is a graduate of the University of Western Australia and has had extensive experience in insurance litigation. She has worked for a number of private legal firms, including Clayton Utz, Freehills and Kott Gunning and as In House Insurance Counsel for Wesfarmers Limited. Janet also spent a number of years with Law Mutual managing professional indemnity claims against lawyers. Janet’s main areas of practice include employers’ indemnity, personal injury and professional indemnity.

Janet joined MDA in 2011. Her role as a Medico-Legal Adviser involves assisting Members and their staff with medico-legal enquiries, complaints, investigations, medical negligence claims and legislative review and comment on areas affecting Members.

Victoria graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws. She began her career in litigation in a large city firm and then worked in the criminal law arena at Legal Aid.  

Prior to joining MDA National in 2018 Victoria worked for over 15 years in medical negligence litigation acting for public hospitals and VMOs defending claims and in Coronial proceedings.  

Victoria was a Senior Solicitor at GILD (General Insurance Law Department), Senior Associate at Curwoods Lawyers and then Senior Solicitor at the Crown Solicitor’s Office. Victoria is currently working as a Medico-legal Adviser providing assistance and advice with respect to claims, complaints, disciplinary issues and Inquests.

 

Deborah has a diverse background in the health industry. She was a Registered Nurse in Intensive Care, Accident and Emergency and a graduate in Psychiatric Nursing. She graduated from the University of Technology Sydney in 1996.

She has extensive experience in medical negligence litigation in all jurisdictions acting for doctors, physiotherapists and other allied healthcare professionals in civil and coronial hearings.

Deborah has also represented nursing homes, private and public hospitals in civil and coronial hearings, as well as drafting policies for many private Healthcare Institutions. She joined MDA National in 2003.

In addition to providing medico-legal advice, assistance with AHPRA, Medical Board, Medicare Investigations, Coronial Inquiries and claims management to all MDA National Members, Deborah regularly speaks at seminars and conferences to doctors of various disciplines advising them of developments in medical negligence in their respective state and area of practice.

Kiely graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1998 and obtained Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2003. Prior to joining MDA National in April 2019 she was a medical educator for GP registrars.

Kiely works as a Medico-legal Adviser two days a week and continues to work as a general practitioner part-time.

Her role at MDA National is to provide in-house medical opinions and assist Members with medico-legal enquiries.

Rachele holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and a Bachelor of Nursing (BN), and commenced at MDA National following 5 years of health regulation experience at the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).  Rachele’s health regulation experience included the management of professional performance and conduct investigations on behalf of the Medical Board of Australia and other Boards, as well as the provision of regulatory and policy advice to AHPRA and the Boards.

Rachele has experience as a solicitor in the areas of Medical Negligence (Plaintiff) and Insurance (Defendant) and has also practiced a registered nurse in the operating theatre/ perioperative environment since 2005.

As a Case Manager with MDA National since 2017, Rachele provides assistance and advice to medical practitioners with respect to informal and formal complaints, performance and disciplinary matters, medico-legal risk management, coronial investigations and claims.  

Philippa started her career in the medical field as an Occupational Therapist, working predominantly in Industrial Rehabilitation and Acute Rehabilitation (Catastrophically injured patients) in Australia and the US.

Philippa studied law at UWA and commenced work with Talbot & Oliver in their Insurance Litigation section in 1991. Although her main practice was personal injury claim defence (Professional Indemnity, Workers Comp and Public Liability) she also handled some large personal injury claims for Plaintiffs. Philippa also worked for Parker & Parker/Freehills, Srdarov Richards Burton and Phillips Fox before joining MDA National in October 2002. 

Marian joined MDA National in June 2018 and works one day a week as a Medico-legal Adviser. She continues to work as a full time General Practitioner at Modern Medical Clinics in Halls Head. Her role at MDA National is to provide in house medical opinions and assist Members with medico-legal enquiries.   

 

Gayle graduated from UNSW in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws. She began her career in private practice in personal injury insurance litigation, on behalf of defendants. Prior to joining MDA National, Gayle conducted a practice for 7 years on behalf of public hospitals, their employees and Visiting Medical Officers, defending litigated and unlitigated claims and representing interested parties in Coronial proceedings. She was a Senior Associate at Curwoods Lawyers and a Senior Solicitor at the Crown Solicitor’s office.

Gayle joined MDA National in 2016. Since then she has provided assistance and advice to medical practitioners with respect to medico-legal risk management, complaints, claims, performance and disciplinary issues and Coronial investigations and inquests.

Amy graduated from Bond University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Social Science.  She is currently undertaking her Master of Laws at the University of Sydney.

Prior to joining MDA National in 2017, Amy spent five years assisting medical practitioners, practices, and private hospitals to defend their interests in civil, disciplinary, and coronial proceedings, as well as criminal and Medicare investigations.  

As a Medico-legal Adviser, Amy continues to provide advice to medical practitioners about complaints, claims, employment disputes, and coronial investigations.  She also assists Members with their medico-legal queries, from responding to subpoenas to mandatory reporting obligations, and everything in between.

Sara graduated in 2008 from the University of Newcastle, with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Communications. She then spent ten years in private legal practice, in the sub-specialty area of Medical Law. Sara’s work primarily involved the representation of medical practitioners (as well as public and private health facilities) in relation to litigated/unlitigated claims, coronial investigations and disciplinary proceedings. Prior to joining MDA National, Sara was employed as a Senior Associate at HWL Ebsworth lawyers. She undertook three secondments to MDA National during this period.

In her role as a Medico-legal Adviser with MDA National, Sara provides assistance and advice to medical practitioners with respect to coronial and other investigations, complaints, privacy issues, disciplinary matters and claims.

 

Julian joined MDA National in December 2011 with both a medical and legal background. He graduated from Sydney University in 1993 and has spent the last 20 years working as a Career Medical Officer in a large Sydney private hospital with particular interests in both intensive care and general medicine.

Julian completed a law degree from Macquarie University in 2007 and was admitted as a lawyer in 2010. He spent 5 months working with a New York commercial law firm before returning to Australia to pursue medico-legal work.

His role in the Medico Legal Advisory Service at MDA National involves assisting Members and their staff with medico-legal enquiries, complaints, investigations and claims. He is also involved with the provision of in-house medical opinions, education and articles.