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John is an experienced and respected health and legal professional with degrees in medicine, law and risk management and has extensive experience in multiple aspects of the health care sector.
He has proven leadership skills involving strategy, change management, team building stakeholder engagement, risk management, policy and governance.
John graduated from medicine in 1984 and worked as a medical practitioner before pursuing a career in law. In 1994 he commenced legal practice working as a plaintiff lawyer in medical negligence whilst also handling professional indemnity work for nurses and product liability class actions.
He has worked in medical indemnity as a lawyer and a claims manager, since 2004, and since 2012 as a senior executive in Avant. Prior to establishing Ball + Partners John was Avant’s Head of Medical Defence Services for Victoria, Tasmania and the ACT.
John has broad experience in litigation in the health law area and a strong understanding of the regulatory and disciplinary processes that apply to health professionals.
John also specialises in insurance law, particularly in relation to policies of indemnity as they apply to health professionals. He is skilled in the area of risk management, particularly clinical risk management.
He has expertise in Open Disclosure having sat on the Open Disclosure Steering Committee of NSW Health and on the Australian Commission on Quality and Safety in Health Care Open Disclosure Standard Review.
John has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2019 and 2020 editions of Best Lawyers® Australia for Medical Negligence (as published in the Australian Financial Review).