In January, the Federal Court changed its rules to prevent public access to its files prior to the first court appearance. This prompted debate regarding the need for an open and transparent justice system versus the potentially prejudicial impact of media access to sensitive or confidential content in court documents.
The relationship between media and the legal system has long been a complex one, and this is particularly so in the healthcare context. Recent times have seen the media play a central role in public health during the pandemic, and programs such as Four Corners’ “Cosmetic Cowboys” act as a catalyst for regulatory reform. On the other hand, media involvement can complicate and sometimes compromise legal processes for healthcare providers. The public nature of litigation, regulatory proceedings and coronial inquests means that journalists often have a front row seat. Additionally, social media and other online platforms provide unprecedented scope for the publication of uncensored commentary. Public confidence in the healthcare system can be a casualty, as can the professional reputations of the individuals involved.
As always, we will be joined at this year’s Health Forum by an impressive line-up of industry experts who will share their views, experiences and stories as we take a deep dive into the relationship between healthcare, media and the law. You can meet our speakers below.
BN’s Health Forum is a must attend event for all professionals working in or alongside healthcare who want to stay up-to-date on the trends and issues affecting the sector. But be quick, registration is free and places are limited.
Session 1: Lights, Camera, Lawsuit: Navigating the media’s impact on healthcare messaging
Session 2: Healthcare in the court of public opinion: Is it the disease or the cure?
Meet our speakers
Dr Norman Swan, ABC
Charlotte Grieve, The Age
Dr David Wood, Mater Private Hospital
Matthew Richardson SC, 153 Phillip Barristers
Hannah Shiel, Barry Nilsson