Back

Stephanie Gallagher

Partner

GALLAGHER-stephanie-highres_LARGE

Contact

Over her more than 25 year career, Stephanie has acted for Queensland Health (QH) and private health industry clients. Her experience includes acting in matters arising from the public and private health sectors as both a solicitor and barrister, acting in an advisory capacity in relation to and appearing on behalf of QH to defend claims, and acting in litigation and before regulatory bodies and tribunals. For more than 15 years she sat as a member of institutional ethics committees of tertiary hospitals.

Her extensive experience in the regulation of health professionals was recognised when she was asked by the Minister for Health to chair the interim Medical Board (in Queensland) upon his dissolution of the existing Board (in Queensland) and her numerous years as the Chair of Queensland Nursing Council Disciplinary Committee. She has more than 10 years’ experience in the prosecution of health practitioners before QCAT.

Her experience and expertise extends to matters of health service management. Her Master in Health Administration enables her to bring additional insight into advising clients in relation to matters involving the legal implications arising from clinical service delivery, policy and procedure and matters of public health and clinical governance.

Stephanie is a board member with the Brainchild Foundation and is on the Ethics Committee at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Institutional.

Key deals

Hospital and Health Services (HHS)

  • Acted on claim for damage to goods in shipment to the HHS.
  • Advised on issues of indemnity arising from provision of clinical services on behalf of HHSs and by HHS employees at third party sites.
  • Defended a claim for damages for breach of contract for building works.
  • Advised on bringing an application to compel admission for treatment for a notifiable disease.
  • Brought proceedings to recover the value of equipment damaged in transport and on bailment.
  • Defended claims by patients for damages pursuant to PIPA or the CLA in matters where the issues of fact, law or medicine are not complex.

Health service providers

  • Acted in general insurance claims arising from patient falls in a carpark, from a carpark, on hospital steps and other provider property.
  • Acted in disputes arising from failure of a practitioner to be credentialed at a facility and breach of by-laws.

Manufacturer of health related products

Acted in a products liability claim made by a consumer.

Surgical prosthetics sales company

Represented in dispute with manufacturer on disputed Commonwealth Prosthesis List Rebate Codes.

Manufacturer of health related products

Acted in a products liability claim made by a consumer.

Surgical prosthetics sales company

Represented in dispute with manufacturer on disputed Commonwealth Prosthesis List Rebate Codes.

Commissions of Inquiry

Appeared as an advocate for all members of the AMA (Qld) and members of QH staff at the Queensland Public Hospitals Commissions of Inquiry into health care delivery.