Join Avant’s medico-legal and risk experts for an in-person Q&A event with insights to help you practise with confidence.

Using case scenarios, our expert panel will simplify the medico-legal complexities around these topics and answer your questions.

Prescribing and real-time prescription monitoring 

Real-time prescription monitoring (RTPM) alerts practitioners to patients who may be at risk of over-supply of drugs of dependence or who engage in prescription shopping. You can also use it to understand your patient’s situation, or as an aid to having a conversation with your patient about alternatives, reduction or cessation of their medication. Do you know how to use RTPM and whether it’s mandatory in your state?

AI for medical documentation

While AI documentation helps reduce time spent typing up notes, so you can give more attention to your patients, there’s potential risk of inaccuracy impacting clinical decisions, along with privacy and confidentiality breaches. How do you harness AI tools while minimising risks?


Date: 14 May 2024
Venue: Aloft Perth
Address: The Springs, 27 Rowe Ave, Rivervale WA 6103
Registration has now closed


Date: 16 May 2024
Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel
Address: 27 Frome St, Adelaide SA 5000
Registration has now closed


Date: 29 May 2024
Venue: Vibe Hotel
Address: 36 Argyle St, Hobart TAS 7000
Registration closes: 17 May 2024



Date: 30 May 2024
Venue: Hotel Verge
Address: 50 Tamar St, Launceston TAS 7250
Registration closes: 27 May 2024

About the speakers
Georgie Haysom

General Manager, Advocacy Education and Research, Avant

Georgie has worked in health law for 30 years, assisting, advising and educating doctors on a wide range of medico–legal issues, including several years representing doctors in medical negligence litigation. She has worked in advocacy, education and public policy for the past 10 years. Georgie has a long-standing interest in the interaction between the law, medicine and ethics, and the way in which the law impacts on medical practice.

Mark Woodrow

General Manager, Medical Advisory Services and Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Avant

Mark has worked as an emergency physician for 30 years and is current chair of the Wesley Hospital Quality Assurance Committee. He is also vice president of the Medico–Legal Society of Queensland and council member of the Australasian College of Legal Medicine. He has previously worked as a claims manager and medical advisor for Avant, assisting doctors in civil claims, regulatory complaints, employment matters and coronial investigations.

Karen Castle

Risk Adviser, Avant

Karen assists members by providing risk assessments and education, along with risk management and prevention strategies. She has over 20 years’ experience in the health industry, predominantly in the emergency/critical care environment. She has worked in the medical assistance and retrieval industry, where she coordinated services for numerous emergency patients requiring intensive treatment in Australia. Karen has also worked in education, quality assurance and risk management roles in the aviation industry.

Morag Smith

Special Counsel, Avant Law

Morag has extensive experience managing and advising on claims involving medical practitioners and other health industry workers in Australia and the United Kingdom. She works as a Senior Solicitor in Avant’s Perth office. She represents doctors in WA in relation to:

  • civil medical negligence claims in the District Court
  • disciplinary proceedings – appearing at panel hearings and assisting with responses to Medical Board/Ahpra complaints
  • coronial hearings.
Dr Sally Parsons

Medical Adviser, Avant

Dr Sally Parsons is a medical adviser for Avant and a clinical director/GP in Stirling. She is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and has a Diploma in Child Health. In addition to medico-legal medicine, she has special interest in antenatal care, paediatrics, women’s health and palliative care.

Cheryl Wood

Risk Adviser, Avant

Cheryl has extensive experience in managing specialist medical practices in regional and metropolitan Victoria, as well as New York City. She is a past state AAPM committee member and certified practice manager. Cheryl was previously the executive officer of the Inner East Primary Care Partnership, which was a pre-cursor model in Victoria to Medicare Locals, prior to the current Primary Health Networks (PHNs). She has a Master of Business Administration and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Evelyn Illes

Senior Associate, Avant Law

Evelyn has been with Avant since 2021 and has experience in representing doctors in civil claims, coronial investigations/inquests and professional conduct matters. Before joining Avant, Evelyn practised in commercial litigation, personal injury and insurance litigation and worked at a private law firm. She is passionate about helping Avant members in a time of significant distress and works diligently to achieve a good outcome while providing support.

Gail Wang

Risk Adviser, Avant

Gail started her career as a registered nurse specialising in emergency nursing. She moved her career to health and business management in a variety of disciplines, including managing day hospitals in gastroenterology and oncology, setting up practices from green sites and merger acquisitions for IVF, ophthalmology, health screening, oncology and allied health. Gail has experience in accreditation with NSQHS, ISO 9001, Food Authority, RACGP, NSW Health and NATA.

Melanie Robson

Senior Associate Solicitor, Medico-Legal Advisory Service, Avant

Melanie has over 10 years’ experience in health law. In her role with the Medico-Legal Advisory Service, she provides ‘front line’ advice for members facing medico-legal complexities. Prior to this role, Melanie represented medical practitioners in civil disputes, Ahpra investigations, Medicare reviews and coronial inquests. She also has extensive experience in employment law advice, including contract disputes and negotiation, alleged misconduct and bullying claims. Melanie came to Avant from her position as Senior Advisor/Solicitor and Privacy Officer at AMA Victoria, where she liaised on behalf of medical practitioners with external stakeholders including WorkSafe Vic, AHPRA, Medicare and public and private hospitals on a range of medico-legal, policy, compliance and regulatory matters.  

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