Reports & Submissions


1999

ACCORDING DUE WEIGHT
Report to the State Coroner of Victoria and Attorney-General Victoria
Authors Isaac Hermann and Lorraine Long
NSW PARLIAMENT INQUIRY INTO NEW SOUTH WALES HEALTH CARE COMPLAINTS COMMISSION (HCCC)
Submission November 1999: NSW Legislative Council

2000

MEDICAL ADVERSE EVENTS AND THE CORONIAL EXPERIENCE OF FAMILIES
Author Lorraine Long
Report to State Coroners of VIC, NSW, SA, WA
CORONIAL SYSTEMS AUSTRALIA-WIDE AND THEIR BENEFITS
Author Lorraine Long
Report to Standing Committee of Attorneys-General
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE NATIONAL CORONERS INFORMATION SYSTEM [NCIS] AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SPECIALIST “MEDICALS” MODULE
Author Lorraine Long 
MEDICAL ADVERSE EVENT DEATHS: THE DATA
Author Lorraine Long 
THE AGED AND MEDICAL ADVERSE EVENTS: A PARADOX OF CARE
Author Lorraine Long 
MEDICAL ADVERSE EVENTS AND FAMILIES
Author Lorraine Long
Written for the Australian Council for Safety and Quality in Health Care
Report to Federal Minister for Family and Community Services
Report to Federal Minister for Health and Aged Care 
MEDICAL ADVERSE EVENTS AND ACCESS TO JUSTICE
Author Lorraine Long
Written for the Australian Council for Safety and Quality in Health Care
Report to Federal Minister for Family and Community Services
Report to Federal Minister for Health and Aged Care  
QUEENSLAND DRAFT CORONERS BILL 2000
Author Lorraine Long
Submission December 2000: QLD Attorney-General

2001

MEDICAL INDEMNITY: WHAT ABOUT THE FAMILIES?
Author Lorraine Long
MEDICAL BOARDS, NATIONAL STANDARDS, TORT LAW & MEDICAL REFORM
Author Bruce Findlay 
INQUIRY INTO MATTERS ARISING FROM THE POST MORTEM AND ANATOMICAL EXAMINATION PRACTICES OF THE NSW INSTITUTE OF FORENSIC MEDICINE
Author Lorraine Long
Submission May 2001: NSW Attorney-General
MEDICAL ADVERSE EVENTS AND DEATH CERTIFICATES: THEY DON’T ADD UP
Author Lorraine Long
How causes of death are covered-up and death stats rigged

2002

INHOSPITABLE HOSPITALS: HOW THEY PERFORM
Logging 9,139 errors involving 224 hospitals over 36 months
Top 40 error-prone hospitals and 40 neglectful nursing homes
THE “ROLLER COASTER” DEATH AND INJURY FIGURES
Author Lorraine Long
Fanciful figures for the medical error dead and injured are generated by health bureaucrats and no one challenges the discrepancies.  The August 2001 figures may inadvertently slow the patient safety movement by suggesting the problem isn’t so bad after all.
A RESCUE PACKAGE FOR PATIENTS TO AVOID LITIGATION
Author Lorraine Long
Submission #1 February 2002: “Medical Indemnity Crisis”
Report to Federal Minister for Health and Aged Care
Report to the Prime Minister, all Ministers for Health, Australian Medical Association
Submission to Treasury: “Review of the Law of Negligence”
A RESCUE PACKAGE FOR PATIENTS, DOCTORS, HOSPITALS AND GOVERNMENT TO AVOID LITIGATION 
Author Lorraine Long
Report to the Prime Minister, all Ministers for Health, Australian Medical Association
Discussed with Tony Jones on ABC Lateline with guest Lorraine Long
Alternative suggested in medIcal negligence cases (link to Lateline finished)
Report to Treasury and Federal Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer
Submission #2 May 2002: “Medical Indemnity Crisis”
Prime Minister’s Medical Indemnity Task Force
Submission #3 August 2002: “Medical Indemnity Crisis”
To Treasury “Review of the Law of Negligence”

2003

AUSTRALIAN HOSPITALS: MONITORING THEIR PERFORMANCE
Author Lorraine Long
Logging 2,989 errors involving 211 hospitals over 12 months
National ranking 50 error-prone hospitals 2004

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2004

AUSTRALIAN SENATE:  INQUIRY INTO HEPATITIS C AND BLOOD SUPPLY IN AUSTRALIA
Author Lorraine Long
Submission 23 January 2004: Australian Senate
INHOSPITABLE HOSPITALS: THE BLACK LIST
Logging 1,638 errors at the top 40 error-prone hospitals
NSW PARLIAMENT INQUIRY INTO COMPLAINTS HANDLING PROCEDURES IN NSW HEALTH
Submission March 2004: NSW Legislative Council

Hansard Complaint Handling within NSW Department of Health

NSW SPECIAL COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INTO CAMPBELLTOWN AND CAMDEN HOSPITALS
Author Lorraine Long
Submission June 2004: Commissioner Bret Walker SC (NSW)
Health inquiry band-aid
UNDER-PERFORMING NURSING HOMES
Author Lorraine Long
Listing 85 nursing homes for third world care

2005

VICTORIA LAW REFORM CORONERS’ ACT 1985 DISCUSSION PAPER
Author Lorraine Long
Submission May 2005: Victoria Parliament

MEAG Submission Victoria Parliament Coroners’ Act Discussion Paper 5/05/2005

MEAG Addendum to Submission Victoria Parliament 19/9/2005

“A Personal Coronial Experience” 14/09/2005

BUNDABERG HOSPITAL COMMISSION OF INQUIRY, QUEENSLAND
Assistance May June July 2005: Commissioner Anthony Morris QC

BUNDABERG HOSPITAL COMMISSION OF INQUIRY QUEENSLAND

2006

INHOSPITABLE HOSPITALS
Author Lorraine Long
Logging 2,468 errors at 197 hospitals
Listing 100 error-prone hospitals
2007
OUR CARING INSTITUTIONS AT WORK
Author Lorraine Long
Snapshot of 36 cases of bungling around Australia
10 YEARS MONITORING HOSPITALS — WHICH IS THE WORST HOSPITAL IN AUSTRALIA?
Blockbuster edition

2008

NSW MEDICAL PRACTICE ACT CHANGES AND THE “O’CONNOR REPORT”
Submission for NSW Minister for Health the Hon Reba Meagher MP and the Hon Justice Deirdre O’Connor [retired 2002 Federal Court] on amendments to the Medical Practice Act 1992
Submission, March 2008

2010

INHOSPITABLE HOSPITALS:  FROM SLIP-UPS TO MANSLAUGHTER
Author Lorraine Long
How hospitals get away with it

2012

AUSTRALIAN SENATE INQUIRY:  THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT AND THE THERAPEUTIC GOODS ADMINISTRATION (TGA) REGARDING MEDICAL DEVICES, PARTICULARLY POLY IMPLANT PROTHÈSE (PIP) FRENCH BREAST IMPLANTS
Australian Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs
Submission, April 2012 
N.B.  The Senate Community Affairs secretariat slapped a privacy injunction on our submission.  The truth too hot to handle!  There was no evidence based criticism of our report.  They didn’t like material relating to the Senate’s “expert medical advisor”.  The Committee had to protect itself from further embarrassment, as its “expert medical advisor” had inserted the dud PIP breast implants into his own patients.  Conflict of interest not declared by expert medical advisor and secretariat failed by selecting wrong expert. 

2016

PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES – WHAT THEY THINK OF HEALTH CARE IN AUSTRALIA
Aggregated survey results from some 20,000 patients and bereaved families. Gathered over years what they said about our hospitals, health departments, health ministers, complaints handling et al, and the legal system.  A damning indictment of accountability failures with abuse served up by venal public servants ingrained with institutional indifference and malice. Weak, cowardly and incapable government to just listen.  Compelling reading for politicians if they’re game!  A medical profession unaccountable to kill and injure without fear.

2017

ADDENDUM — “PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES – WHAT THEY THINK OF HEALTH CARE IN AUSTRALIA”
Later submissions to produce an all-encompassing view of what affected patients and bereaved families think of Australia’s health care and regulatory systems. 

NSW PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SELECT COMMITTEE ON OFF-PROTOCOL PRESCRIBING OF CHEMOTHERAPY IN NEW SOUTH WALES
Including at St Vincent’s Hospital, St George Hospital, Sutherland Hospital, Macquarie University Hospital and clinics in Orange and Bathurst.  
Submission, May 2017
SENATE INQUIRY INTO THE NUMBER OF WOMEN IN AUSTRALIA WHO HAVE HAD TRANSVAGINAL MESH IMPLANTS AND RELATED MATTERS
Australian Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs
Submission, November 2017

2020

ROYAL COMMISSION INTO AGED CARE QUALITY AND SAFETY
Submission, March 2020

NSW PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL INQUIRY INTO HEALTH OUTCOMES AND ACCESS TO HEALTH AND HOSPITAL SERVICES IN RURAL, REGIONAL AND REMOTE NEW SOUTH WALES
Submission, November 2020