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Anita Courtney

Principal

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

  • Aged Care
  • Government
  • Coronial Inquests
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Royal Commissions
  • Statutory Interpretation
  • Guardianship and Administration
  • Government Law

Anita is a leading lawyer in aged care who focuses on delivering quality and practical advice to her clients. She assists aged care providers in both home care and residential care to comply with their responsibilities under the Aged Care Act 1997 and its Principles including the Aged Care Quality Standards as well as other relevant laws. Anita regularly assists aged care providers in responding to the Department of Health and Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission and has represented aged care providers in challenging decisions of the regulators in the AAT and Federal Court. Anita has been assisting aged care providers in relation to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and has recently been assisting providers in transitioning to the new Aged Care Quality Standards and home care pricing changes.

Experience

  • Assisting aged care providers in responding to the Department of Health and Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission and has represented aged care providers in challenging decisions of the regulators in the AAT and Federal Court.
  • Assisting aged care providers in relation to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.
  • Providing advice to home care providers in relation to the pricing transparency changes.
  • Providing advice to aged care providers on the aged care quality standards including in relation to corporate and clinical governance (Standard 8).
  • Assisting providers in managing resident/client complaints and guardianship issues.
  • Producing Russell Kennedy’s aged care resident and home care client agreements.
  • Advising aged care providers, retirement village operators and disability service providers of their obligations under legislation.
  • Conducting training to aged care boards, executives, facilities managers and staff.
  • Drafting policies and procedures for providers.
  • Acting on behalf of clients in coronial inquests.
  • Also conducts disciplinary proceedings on behalf of the health practitioner boards, eg Medical Board, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Leadership

  • Member, Jewish Care Victoria’s Quality and Service Review Committee
  • Member, Australian Institute of Administrative Law
  • Recognised by Best Lawyers in Australia for her expertise in Health & Aged Care Law for their 2020 listing