The Tort of Defamation and Relationship to Social Media
CPD Hours / Duration
1 hour/s
Depends on Membership level

The Tort of Defamation and Relationship to Social Media

Presenter Dr Pam Savage, Nurse Education Specialist - The Nursing CPD Institute

Pam has an extensive background in clinical nursing, education, and remote area Nursing both in Australia and overseas.

As a Lawyer and Clinician, this background is brought to her role as adjunct Lecturer to undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as Aboriginal Health Workers.

Pam is a Barrister at Bar (NSW) and a published author and her book “Law for Student Nurses: applied principles” is now in its third edition.

Course Content

The civil law tort of defamation has evolved over the years to capture far more than the original grounds for action. 

Legislation has been enacted in every state aimed to limit and direct court actions. 

An enormous increase in defamation actions has occurred in response to social media use and these findings give directions for care and consideration about posting to websites.

Target Audience

Learning Outcomes

In this session you will:

  • Understand the principles of the tort of defamation
  • Relate the elements of this tort to behaviours that may occur in the workplace
  • Recognise the relationship between confidentiality, privacy and defamation laws
  • Apply legal findings to social media risks