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Employment obligations and liabilities for practice owners and healthcare directors

For doctors who own, or are looking to own, a practice as well as healthcare company directors, it’s essential to learn and apply sound governance skills. Poor, or non-existent governance skills can adversely impact your business, its patients and employees.

That’s why Avant and PracticeHub have created a webinar series on the duties and risks for practice owners.

In the first webinar in our Duties and Risks series for practice owners - Employment obligations and liabilities for practice owners and healthcare directors, our expert panel discuss case scenarios that identify your employment obligations as a company director or practice owner.

Topics include: 

  • work health and safety
  • underpayments
  • award compliance
  • discrimination and sexual harassment.

Protect your practice and your team with Avant Practice Medical Indemnity Insurance. Covers your practice for the actions of staff, complaints, privacy breaches, employee disputes, Medicare audits, telehealth and a range of other risks^.

About the experts

Paul Hardman
Paul Hardman
Partner, K&L Gates

Paul Hardman is a partner in the labour employment and workplace safety practice at K&L Gates. He provides a wide range of advice and services to clients regarding employment, safety, investigations and disputes relevant to the workplace.

Paul is an experienced trainer and regularly presents seminars and training on a broad range of employment-related issues including workplace investigations and work health and safety obligations for company directors and executives.

Paul has significant experience in the conduct of the defence of regulatory investigations and prosecutions, under state and federal employment, workplace, safety, corporation, and environmental legislation.

David Williams
David Williams
Managing Director, Hoxton MPM

David is a neurologist and former lab head in neurosciences at Monash University. Founder and managing director of Australia’s largest private neurology practice, David designed scalable, efficient administration processes central to the operation of all medical practices.

Following on from the success of his neurology business, David established Hoxton Medical Practice management, which supports more than 350 doctors each year through a range of outsourced practice management services.

Georgie Haysom
Georgie Haysom
Lawyer, Head of Advocacy, Education and Research, Avant

Georgie is the Head of Advocacy, Education and Research at the medical indemnity insurer Avant. She is a lawyer and has worked in health law for over 25 years, assisting and advising doctors on a wide range of medico-legal issues

Sonya Black
Sonya Black
Special Counsel, Employment Medico-legal Advisory Service, Avant

As Avant's Special Counsel, Employment, Sonya Black advises doctors and medical practices across Australia about a broad range of employment issues. She has over 20 years’ experience as an employment lawyer, including over ten years advising on employment issues in public hospitals and private medical practice.

About PracticeHub

PracticeHub is a simpler, safer and more efficient way to manage a quality practice. We have developed our Practice Operations Software to simplify practice management, with a suite of integrated applications and complementary services that puts you in control so that nothing falls between the cracks.

*IMPORTANT: ^Cover is subject to the full terms, conditions and exclusions of the policy. Avant Practice Medical Indemnity Policy is issued by Avant Insurance Limited, ABN 82 003 707 471, AFSL 238 765 (Avant). The information provided here is general advice only. You should consider the appropriateness of the advice having regard to your own objectives, financial situation and needs before deciding to purchase or continuing to hold a policy with Avant. Please read and consider the Policy Document available at before deciding to purchase or continuing to hold a policy or plan.

Persons implementing any recommendations contained in this publication must exercise their own independent skill or judgment or seek appropriate professional advice relevant to their own particular practice. Compliance with any recommendations will not in any way guarantee discharge of the duty of care owed to patients and others coming into contact with the health professional or practice. Avant and PracticeHub are not responsible to you or anyone else for any loss suffered in connection with the use of this information. Information is only current at the date initially published. © Avant Mutual Group Limited 2021.