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Shane is a leading advisor on commercial activities across the health and ageing sector. His comprehensive expertise spans strategic commercial advice; due diligence for sales and acquisitions of health facilities including advice for potential investors; advice on the provision of on-site health services and contract management services; negotiation, review and drafting of health service, funding, research, and appointment agreements; as well as private health insurance, funding arrangements, and informed financial consent advice. Shane is also the relationship partner for the firm’s health clients providing oversight of their entire portfolio of legal requirements.
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Shane's experience includes coronial inquests and police investigations into patient or resident deaths; management of complaints, investigations and conciliations; health practitioner registration board complaints, investigations and disciplinary action; police investigation of criminal complaints made against individual health practitioners; and responding to the Complaints Investigation Scheme process for aged care providers. Notably, Shane acted in the 2005 Queensland Public Hospitals Commission of Inquiry.
Shane heads MinterEllison’s national Health and Ageing industry group providing leading advisory services to clients across Australia. His expertise includes State and Commonwealth compliance and obligations; general health law advice for participants across the sector; implementation of health reforms; advice on health service policy and procedures, by-laws and clinical privileges; as well as privacy, confidentiality, access to information and record requests, ehealth and medical research matters.
A leading health industry specialist, Shane deals widely in litigation across the health sector. His broad experience includes defence of medical malpractice, product liability, public and general liability claims; management of multiple claims, class actions and portfolios on a national basis; and applications to perform medical procedures on children or patients with impaired capacity. Shane has extensive litigious experience in contractual disputes as well as providing insurance and policy interpretation advice.
Shane leads MinterEllison's national health industry group. With over 18 years' experience acting exclusively for clients in the health industry, Shane has an in-depth understanding of all aspects of health service delivery, operations and regulation in the public and private health sectors. This expertise allows MinterEllison to deliver a co-ordinated full service health industry practice, encompassing advisory, transactional, commercial and litigation. Shane works with our leading transactional, corporate and commercial lawyers to deliver practical, industry specific and client focussed advice and outcomes for our health industry clients. This encompasses commercial advice; due diligence, regulatory and operational advice for sales, acquisitions and health projects; provision of on-site health services; negotiation, review and drafting of health service, funding, research and appointment agreements; private health insurance and funding arrangements; and privacy obligations. Shane is often called upon to manage significant reputational matters for our health clients, working closely in partnership with the client and other advisors to achieve the most favourable outcome for our client and the relevant stakeholders. Shane's risk management expertise extends to early intervention following clinical incidents, as well as service reviews in order to assist with improvements in safety and quality. His clients include Health Departments, public and private hospitals, health care practitioners, insurers, pharmaceutical companies, device manufacturers, research organisations, universities, service providers such as radiology, pathology, as well as investors. Shane is consistently recognised in peer guides as a leading advisor in health and aged care, medical negligence, and insurance. Best Lawyers International also named him Lawyer of the Year (Australia), Health & Aged Care - Best Lawyers: 2014. Shane authors the weekly Health Law News for our clients and is a regular presenter at industry events and client education forums. Disclaimer: Some of the information on this page refers to our experience in Australian States and Territories other than New South Wales. Due to advertising restrictions in New South Wales, we are prohibited from publishing information about some of the legal services which we provide in that State.
Shane is a health industry specialist with extensive expertise in risk management across the sector. He deals widely in early intervention, proactive management and oversight following a serious patient or resident incident; advice and participation in root cause analysis and system reviews; and assistance in responding, resolving and mediating direct patient or resident complaints. Shane also provides risk advice before implementation of health services or programs as well as advice on corporate and clinical governance obligations. In addition, he maintains a 24/7 hotline for urgent advice and assistance.