Device Representatives in the Clinic: Help, Hindrance or Liability?


Device Representatives in the Clinic: Help, Hindrance or Liability?

Room 1002, Level 10 (Entry via stairs on Level 9)
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street


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Medical devices are complex, high tech and increasingly complicated, and they play an important role in the continued improvement of healthcare. Their technical complexity represents both their strength and their weakness. They allow an improved quality of patient care and cutting-edge treatment. However, it can be difficult for clinicians to keep pace with change and make informed decisions about whether to adopt the use of one device or another.

Industry representatives have been introduced into the clinical environment to assist with the adoption of new medical devices. This raises a number of policy, regulatory and ethical issues that will be considered in this presentation, including: consent of the patient, outsourcing of expertise, potential conflict of interest (commercial versus clinical interests), harm to professionalism, benefits of device representative involvement and the risk of stifling innovation through over regulation. In short, does the introduction of device representatives into the clinical relationship represent a help, a hindrance or a liability?

Registrations are essential for this special Health Law and Ethics Network seminar.


  • Associate Professor Bernadette Richards
    Associate Professor Bernadette Richards, The University of Adelaide