FOY, Deborah

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FOY, Deborah

Deborah practises in health law and elder law including:

  • medical negligence proceedings;
  • Coronial inquests;
  • mental health disputes at VCAT iunder the Mental Health Act 2014;
  • Guardianship and Administration Act 1986 relating to disputes about substitute decision making in health, financial and lifestyle choices;
  • production of medical/health records in criminal proceedings;;
  • health professional disciplinary matters;
  • FWA proceedings involving health and other staff in health services.

Deborah appears in inquests on behalf of hospitals, residential aged care services, involving complex medical, surgical and radiological issues and has represented families, hospitals and medical practitioners, including surgeons, obstetricians and psychiatrists.

She also frequently appears in the Guardianship and Administration List on behalf of aged care services, hospitals and families in dispute about the care of their elder relatives. She has appeared in disputes over capacity, managment of funds, compensation applications and diverse aspects of the jurisdiction.

Deborah also appears in Personal Injuries cases for plaintiffs and defendants.

Formerly, she edited the Aged Care section of the Fitzroy Legal Services Law Handbook

She appeared at VCAT on behalf of a public mental health service in the first appeal involving the provisions governing ECT in the Mental Health Act 2014.

Before coming to the Bar, Deborah practiced as in house counsel for a large metropolitan public health service for 6 years.

She was the legal member on the Dental Practice Board of Victoria from 2005 to 2009 and chaired formal hearings on behalf of the Board between 2005 and 2008.



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