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Activity description

75207 - Avant webinar: Predicting medico-legal risk - Latest research and its application to practice

Avant Insurance Limited

For many doctors who are sued or who receive a complaint against them, the event seems random. At the population level, however, there are patterns and it is feasible to predict which doctors are at high risk of incurring more complaints in the near future. Join Avant in this webinar which examines the latest research on predicting medico-legal risk

Relevance to General Practice

To many doctors who are sued or complained against, the event seems random. At the population level, however, there are patterns. Previous studies have compared doctors who experienced multiple malpractice claims, complaints, and disciplinary actions with doctors who experienced few or none, and identified differences in the sex, age and specialty profile of the two groups. Such research helps to explain medico-legal risk retrospectively, but does not provide practical guidance for identifying risks prospectively.

Learning outcomes

  1. Describe the distribution of formal patient complaints across Australia’s medical workforce
  2. Identify characteristics of doctors at high risk of incurring recurrent complaints
  3. Identify quality improvement interventions to help reduce adverse events and patient dissatisfaction in medical practice

Domains of General Practice

D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
  • Communication is clear, respectful, empathic and appropriate to the person and their sociocultural context

D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
  • The conduct of the consultation is appropriate to the needs of the patient and the sociocultural context

D3. Population health and the context of general practice
  • The patterns and prevalence of disease are incorporated into screening and management practices

D4. Professional and ethical role
  • Adherence to relevant codes and standards of ethical and professional behaviour

D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
  • Patient confidentiality is managed appropriately

Curriculum Contextual Units

  • Adult health
  • Care of older people
  • Children and young people health
  • Doctor's health
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Men's health
  • Pregnancy care
  • Refugee and asylum seeker health
  • Residential care
  • Sex, sexuality, gender diversity and health
  • Women's health
  • Integrative medicine

Session summary


Sunday 1 Jan 2017 12:00am - Sunday 1 Dec 2019 5:00pm

This activity is readily available at any time








Only available to members

Target Audience


For more information contact...

Ruth Crampton
T: 0390265969