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Queensland Ambulance Service Paramedics and Paramedicine Students Now Regulated by AHPRA

QUEENSLAND AMBULANCE SERVICE PARAMEDICS AND PARAMEDICINE STUDENTS NOW REGULATED BY AHPRA Important information for all Queensland paramedics and paramedicine Students As the national regulation of paramedicine is approaching its final stages, Queensland paramedics should know that they must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) by 1 December 2018 in order to practice paramedicine. Once registered, a paramedic’s registration will then be recognised in all states and territories in Australia.   All paramedics should check AHPRA’s website to see if the need to register with AHPRA, as some exceptions apply. Suitability Requirements for Paramedics All practicing paramedics and paramedicine students should...

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Bill Potts comments on overcrowded prisons

Our Founding Director, Bill Potts, was interviewed by the Courier Mail on the issue of overcrowded prisons in Queensland. The article is available here, with an extract below: FRIEND IN THE COURTS Another critic who says community debate has to quickly move beyond punishment and retribution towards crime prevention and rehabilitation is Queensland Law Society deputy president Bill Potts. “Only the very hardened and perhaps cynical people think the current solutions are working,’’ Potts says. “Armchair critics and Monday morning quarterbacks, who decry how soft judges are, don’t know how the system works and don’t see the endless parade of mental illness and...

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Bill Potts comments on homicides involving balconies, cliffs and other heights

Extract from News.com.au, click here to view the original article.   CHILLING new Queensland research has revealed there could be a “dark figure” of people who have gotten away with murder after falls from a height were dismissed as accidents. QUT school of justice senior lecturer Claire Ferguson found the numbers of homicides involving balconies, cliffs or other heights could be higher than reported because determining if a fatal fall was an accident, suicide or homicide was often impossible based solely on medical evidence. The forensic criminologist also found that in a number of cases the death was originally misclassified as an accident before...

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Ashleigh DoRozario receives commendation from Governor of Queensland

A big congratulations to our litigation team member,  Ashleigh DoRozario.  Last night Ashleigh was honoured at Government House and named one of the 60 most influential people in the 60 year history of MS Queensland. This is the second commendation Ashleigh has received from His Excellency The Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, having previously been named MS Queensland Young Person of The Year. Ashleigh was diagnosed with an MS-related disease in 2009 and despite becoming legally blind due to the condition, she continues to work at Potts Lawyers and is now entering the final year of her law degree,...

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Bill Potts comments on funding issues in Queensland’s justice system

Our Founding Director and current Queensland Law Society Deputy President, Bill Potts, was interviewed by Sherele Moody of the Daily Mercury:   The State Government needed to invest more money in community and low-cost legal services, said Bill Potts, whose firm represents clients in our region. "We build bridges, we build roads, we build tunnels but why don't we spend that kind of money on the justice system?" the deputy president of the Queensland Law Society said. "We have people being denied justice - they are being convicted or they can't appeal properly because they are being denied access to a system...

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Bill Potts comments on domestic violence issues in Queensland

Our Founding Director and current Queensland Law Society Deputy President, Bill Potts, was interviewed by the Gold Coast Sun on the funding issues exacerbating domestic violence in Queensland. Although he said the Queensland Government had managed some great results and he was aware funding only went so far, former head of the Queensland Law Society and leading criminal lawyer Bill Potts said a lack of focus on DV perpetrators could be exacerbating the issue. “Within that DV area, while a lot of focus is on victim support and specialist courts there is a massive need for diversion programs for perpetrators,” he said. “The...

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Post-employment Obligations: Restraint of Trade and Non-Solicitation

Article by Jason Papoutsis, Litigation Lawyer What Employees and Employers should know Quite often, when the employer-employee relationship ends, employees often forget that some of the clauses within their employment agreements often extend beyond the employer-employee relationship. Even in circumstances were no employment contract exists, employees might still owe a fiduciary duty to their employer which may extend beyond the employer-employee relationship. Common issues that often arise in relation to restrain of trade and non-solicitation include: former employees working with one of their main competitors and/or divulging trade secrets to that competitor; former employees opening up a new business which directly competes with...

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Social Media Defamation: What to Look Out For

Article by Jason Papoutsis, Litigation Lawyer As defamation lawsuits in relation to publications made on social media like Facebook and Twitter are continuing to rise, it is important to understand how defamation law extends to the internet and whether there are any additional factors that you need to consider before defending or initiating a defamation dispute.   Are Defamatory Publications on Social Media any different from traditional Defamation cases? Generally, defamation occurs when defamatory material relating to an individual is published. The defamatory publication simply needs to be: communicated by the defendant to a third party other than the plaintiff; must identify the plaintiff;...

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