The expert witness training day
This educational program has been approved in the RACS Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program. Participating in this activity qualifies for 5 Points in Educational Activities. For those that are not eligible for RACS CPD points, Lex Medicus will provide 5 CPD points for continued education that experts can claim through their own CPD accounts.
Expert Witness – Medico Legal Best Practice: 232864
Purpose: The Expert Witness Training Day will enhance participants’ report writing skills and expert witness testimony by offering direct insights from prominent medico-legal experts, lawyers, barristers, and judges. Elevate your medico-legal best practices with firsthand learning from industry leaders.
- Expertise in Report Writing: Gain the ability to craft comprehensive and legally sound medico-legal reports that adhere to essential requirements, formatting, and quality standards.
- Legal Knowledge: Understand the intricate legal considerations surrounding expert witnesses, including letters of instruction and concepts like liability, causation, and quantum assessments.
- Examination Techniques: Acquire effective examination techniques and the skills to conduct assessments with precision and professionalism.
- Ethical Considerations: Learn about the ethical and legal importance of consent, chaperones, and proper documentation in medico-legal examinations.
- Selection of Expert Witnesses: Recognise the crucial elements involved in selecting an expert witness, ensuring the right fit for legal proceedings.
- Courtroom Preparedness: Develop expertise in giving evidence in a courtroom setting, including courtroom rules, etiquette, and maintaining credibility as an expert witness.
- Networking and Collaboration: Engage in networking opportunities to connect with peers and industry leaders, fostering collaboration and learning from others’ experiences.
- Question-and-Answer Sessions: Actively participate in interactive question-and-answer sessions throughout the training, addressing specific queries and concerns.
These comprehensive learning outcomes empower participants to navigate the complex intersection of medicine and law, ultimately enhancing their proficiency as expert witnesses.
Who should attend?
This training is designed for medical experts, allied and healthcare professionals who want to enhance and excel their careers as expert witnesses in legal cases.
When is it?
The Expert Witness Training will be carried out on Saturday 25th of November 2023.
Bree Knoester – Founder, Brave Legal
Bree Knoester is recognised as one of Australia’s leading personal injury lawyers. She has practiced as both a barrister and solicitor for over 20 years and represented clients in some of Victoria’s largest compensation settlements.
Bree is an empathetic yet tenacious lawyer, possessing a deep understanding of the law and a fearless approach to representing the interests of clients.
Understanding that suffering an injury or illness caused by someone else’s negligence can be an extremely difficult and traumatic experience, Bree is driven to achieve exceptional outcomes in a caring and compassionate way with precision and tenacity. Bree practices in the area of dust diseases, WorkCover, public liability, medical negligence and institutional abuse.
In recognition of her experience and exceptional client results, Bree has won numerous industry awards including ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in Personal Injury Litigation and Medical Negligence (Best Lawyers® in Australia 2022-2024), Preeminent practitioner – Asbestos & Dust Diseases Compensation (Doyle’s Guide 2016-2022), Preeminent practitioner – Work Injury Compensation (2016-2022). Her firm, Brave Legal, has won the award for Excellence in Employee Health and Wellbeing at the Australasian Law Awards for the past two years’ running.
Thomas Kossmann – Orthopaedic Surgeon, Lex Medicus
Mr Thomas Kossmann is an Orthopaedic Surgeon with over 30 years experience. He obtained his medical doctor (MD) degree at the University of Heidelberg and holds fellowships in general surgery, trauma surgery and orthopaedic surgery with training conducted in university hospitals in Germany and Switzerland.
Mr Kossmann has many professional associations and has made a profound contribution to academia. He has taught many medical students and health professionals and published 121 peer-reviewed articles and numerous book/chapters in the field of orthopaedic trauma and neurotrauma.
He previously founded the Department of Trauma Surgery at The Alfred hospital, expanding it to become one of the world-leading centres for trauma victims. Mr Kossmann founded Lex Medicus, a world-class team of health professionals who deliver high-quality medico-legal reports and impairment assessments across Australia and Europe.
Samuel Pearce – Principal Lawyer, Maurice Blackburn
Samuel Pearce is a medical negligence Principal Lawyer in Maurice Blackburn’s Melbourne office. He has worked with Maurice Blackburn since 2008 and has practised exclusively in medical negligence since undertaking his traineeship with the firm in 2011 and was admitted to practice law in 2012.
Samuel’s strengths as a lawyer are his highly advanced research and strong attention to detail, which further enhances his ability to execute clear and precise written and verbal communication.
These are well presented through his passion for representing individuals who have suffered injuries or have lost a loved one as a result of poor or unreasonable medical care, treatment, and advice. Driven by the advocacy of the rights of individuals, Samuel has also been involved in a number of pro bono cases through the social justice department established at Maurice Blackburn, including the Muckaty Station litigation.
Timothy Patrick Tobin S.C – Barrister, Lennons List
Admitted to practice in 1975 and called to the Bar in 1983.
A member of the inner Bar since 2002.
Foundation member of the Australian Lawyers Alliance, Bar representative on the Bar/LIV/AMA Committee, member of the Common Law Bar Association, member of ATLA and APIL.
Special interest in bushfire litigation since coordinating farmer’s representation before Sir Esler Barber in board of enquiry into the occurrence of bush and grassfires in Victoria in 1977. Subsequently involved in the Black Saturday Royal Commission and (class actions) in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.
Long term involvement in personal injury work including lead counsel in Class Actions regarding Falls Festival crush; medical negligence claims regarding cosmetic surgery and IVF and individual and class action proceedings against the AFL and football clubs for CTE/head injuries.
Rydges Melbourne, 186 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000
$499 + GST
Optional: Additional AUD $100 (inc. GST) for post-course submitted report marking
Expert Witness – Medico Legal Best Practice
This activity has been approved in the RACS Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program.
This educational activity has been approved in the RACS CPD Program. RACS Fellows, Specialist International Medical Graduates (SIMGs) and surgeons participating in the RACS CPD Program can claim one point per hour in Educational Activities.
Participating in this activity qualifies for 5 Point/s in Educational Activities. Participation in this activity will be entered into your RACS CPD which can be accessed through ehub.
For individuals who are ineligible for RACS CPD points, Lex Medicus will offer 5 CPD points for ongoing education, which experts can then claim via their respective CPD accounts.
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