reports that a woman is suing the St John Ambulance following her treatment at a surf carnival (the report originally appeared in the The Brisbane Courier Mail but is no longer available there). The report says that she is alleging both negligence and that the treatment represented an assault, suggesting that she claims there was no effective consent. The case is in its early days and may of course settle out of court, but it will be interesting to see what the allegations are, and what the outcome is, should the matter proceed to a hearing.

Michael Eburn
22 February 2009