NEWS-HR

Safe Places Community Services Limited will defend a s.379 (Application to deal with a dispute) in front of Fair Work Commissioner Booth in Chambers in Brisbane (Watson).

A s.185 – (Enterprise agreement) application from Lighthouse Disability Limited for its Lighthouse Disability – United Voice Enterprise Agreement 2018 (Social, community, home care and disability services) has been approved by Fair Work Commissioner Platt sitting in Adelaide on 21 May 2019.

A s.185 – (Enterprise agreement) application by Ability Centre Australasia Ltd T/A Ability Centre for its Ability Centre Care, Support and Trades Employees Enterprise Agreement (United Voice) 2018 has been approved by Fair Work Deputy President Kovacic in Canberra, on 21 May 2019.

A NSW anaesthetist who examined a patient’s rectum without consent says he was reluctant to do so but the surgeon tasked with he man’s treatment was “insistent”. Anaesthetist Dr Adam Hill rectally examined a 37-year-old male patient at a hospital in November 2018 after the surgeon, who can’t be named for legal reasons, discovered a large tumour during a colonoscopy. Dr Hill is appealing the suspension of his registration by the Medical Council of NW in March after a complaint was made about the incident. The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal in April ruled Dr Hill could return to work “pending the hearing and determination of the appeal” against his suspension. His barrister, Arthur Moses SC, told an NAT hearing on Tuesday that it was a “one-off transgression” and the medical council had sought to attribute the action of the surgeon to Dr Hill. “The applicant conceded that he should not have conducted the examination without the express consent of the patient,” Mr Moses said. Dr Hill testified he was “reluctant” to feel the rectal mass – because he didn’t “enjoy doing examinations in that vicinity” – and initially declined the surgeon’s request. “He was insistent,” Dr Hill said on Tuesday. Barrister Henry El-Hage, acting for the Medical Council of NSW, asked: “Do you accept that at the time you had no clinical reason to inspect the tumour?” “I can see that now, absolutely, yes,” Dr Hill replied. One nurse testified she saw the surgeon take out his mobile phone while Dr Hill was examining the patient, point it at the anaesthetist and say: “We finally have evidence of you doing work.” She gave the evidence that Dr Hill made “a snigger, a giggle” noise at the joke but, upon spotting the mobile phone, said: “That’s not funny. Put that away.” The appeal hearing continues.

A s.185 – (Enterprise agreement) application by Ramsay Health Care Australia Pty Ltd T/A Ramsay Health Care Australia for its Ramsay Health Care Australia Pty Limited and NSW Nurses & Midwives’ Association and ANMF NSW Branch Enterprise Agreement 2018 – 2020 has been ratified by Fair Work Deputy President Boyce in Sydney on 21 May 2019.

A s.185 (Application for approval of a single-enterprise agreement) by Envigor Pty Ltd for its Envigor Home Care Enterprise Agreement 2018 has been approved by Commissioner Booth in Brisbane on 20 May 2019.

The Paraplegic & Quadriplegic Association of South Australia Inc is facing a s.394 (Application for unfair dismissal remedy) before Commissioner Hampton in his Adelaide chambers (Miers).

United Protestant Association NSW Ltd is yet again embroiled in a s.739 (Application to deal with a dispute) this time in front of Fair Work Commissioner Johns in chambers in Melbourne (Grabovsky).