Profile

Full Name: Dr Sharon L Keeling
Email: sharon.keeling@vicbar.com.au
Phone: +61 3 9225 6814
Secretary: +61 3 9225 6217
Fax: 9225 8480
Chambers: Douglas Menzies Chambers
Room: 1008
Date of Admission: 2 Aug 2004
Called to the Bar: 4 Nov 2004
Accredited as Mediator: 24 Nov 2005
Qualifications: MBBS, PhD, JD

Profile

Sharon practices in all areas of health law with a background of extensive training and experience in medicine. She has practiced at The Victorian Bar since 2004 in common law personal injury proceedings in the County Court, Supreme Court and Court of Appeal of Victoria, the Coroners Court of Victoria and in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal in disciplinary matters regarding health professionals, including:

James v Seltsam Pty Ltd & Ors [2017] VSC 506 – application for production of explanted lung.

Tan v Gibbons [2016] VSC 652 - application for judicial review of a determination of a Medical Panel.

Re: Baby R (Life Support) [2015] FamCA 449 (22 May 2015).

Odisho v Bonazzi [2014] [2014] HCASL 196 – led by J Ruskin QC in an application for special leave to High Court of Australia in medical negligence personal injury.

Odisho v Bonazzi [2014] VSCA 11 - led by J Ruskin QC in an appeal in medical negligence personal injury.

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia v Dizon (Review and Regulation) [2013] VCAT 646.

Medical Board of Australia v Mak (Occupational Business and Regulation) [2012] VCAT 315.

Medical Board of Australia v Kanathigoda (Occupational and Business Regulation) [2012] VCAT 75.

Medical Board of Australia v Christian (Occupational and Business Regulation) [2012] VCAT 1647.

Pharmacy Board of Australia v Kham (Occupational and Business Regulation) [2012] VCAT 1316.

Kozanoglu and Pharmacy Board of Australia [2012] VSCA 295 led by J Bourke QC.

Odisho v Bonazzi (2012) VCC 558 – led by D Curtain QC in a medical negligence personal injury.

Re Kozanoglu and Pharmacy Board of Australia (Occupational and Business Regulation List) [2011] VCAT 2805.

Atkin v Willee (2011) FCA 568 led by J Rush QC in an application for recusal of decision-maker on ground of perceived bias.

Callan v Healthscope Ltd [2008] VSC 88 – led by C Blanden QC in a limitation period application.

Re Herrington ex rel King (2007) VSC 151 led by F Saccardo SC (as His Honour then was) in an application for cessation of treatment.

Vickers v Burdett Nominees Pty Ltd & Zhang (2007) VCC 117 led by G Uren QC in a professional negligence personal injury.

Berrigan Shire Council v Ballerini (2005) HCATrans 1147 led by F Saccardo SC (as His Honour then was) and B Quinn in an application for special leave to High Court of Australia in public liability personal injury.

Berrigan Shire Council v Ballerini (2005) 13 VR 111 – led by F Saccardo SC (as His Honour then was) in an appeal to Supreme Court of Victoria Court of Appeal in public liability personal injury.

 

A selection of recent appearances in the Coroners Court of Victoria:

Inquest into the death of Snezana Stojanovska [2018] COR 2010 – 4552 Counsel Assisting the Coroner.  Ruling dated 23 May 2018 regarding s.57 application.

Inquest into the death of Kelly Thompson [2015] COR 2014 – 824 (Finding 21 April 2016).

Inquest into the death of Kelly Richards [2015] COR 2011 – 2565 (Finding 14 April 2016).

Inquest into the death of Frederick Joseph Williamson [2014] COR 2008 - 1300.

Inquest into the death of June Pegg [2014] COR 2010 – 4286.

Inquest into the death of Peter Shane Nancarrow [2014] COR 2011 – 293.

Inquest into the death of Rodney Moore [2014] COR 2008 - 477.

Inquest into the death of Marietta Grove [2014] COR 2010 - 1962.

Inquest into the death of Ena Vickers [2012] COR 2012 - 3130 (Finding 25 February 2016).

Inquest into the death of Summer Jamsek [2010] COR 2010 - 1279 (Finding 21 June 2016).

Inquest into the death of Susan Bourke [2009] COR 2009 - 4280 (Finding 18 August 2016).

 

Sharon graduated in first place in medicine at the University of Melbourne and was awarded the A.H. Wall Prize as best intern at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. She undertook training in paediatrics and clinical genetics at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, The Institute for Medical Genetics in Cardiff, Wales and Genetic Health Services Victoria. Sharon was a National Health and Medical Research Council Scholar whilst undertaking doctoral studies in molecular neurogenetics at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Melbourne between 1995 and 1999. Sharon completed the Juris Doctor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Melbourne in 2002 and 2003.

Areas of Practice

Common Law

  • Dust Diseases
  • Negligence

Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

  • Coronial Inquests

Public Law & Administrative Law

  • Disciplinary Proceedings

Committee Memberships

  • (Member) Medico-Legal Standing Committee (Bar, LIV & AMA)


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