Risks associated with Postnatal Depression can be unpredictable and difficult to assess.
A woman is at the highest risk of PND during her pregnancy and in the first two postnatal years after giving birth. Read more
Domestic violence: Can you spot it?
It has been estimated that a GP may see as many as five women a week who present with symptoms of violence in the home. Yet the GP is unaware of the violence. Read more
What it means to say 'sorry'
Sometimes, things go wrong. How you react to a patient's distress may be the tipping point as to whether or not they lodge a formal complaint which could lead to a stressful investigation by medical regulators. However, many doctors fear that saying "sorry" could be an admission of liability which could later be used against them. Read more.
Hot button issues
Each year, the Medical Council considers about 2300 complaints and notifications about medical practitioners in NSW. While complaints cover a wide range of issues, there are a few subjects that come up frequently. These resources may help you avoid a complaint in these areas: Read more
Doctors must reach out to colleagues suffering in silence
It's time doctors and medical students trying to cope with mental health issues can feel comfortable and supported in seeking treatment.
Helping the healers: Doctors' Health Advisory Service
An independent and confidential service where doctors can seek support and advice.Read more
Communication between hospitals and GPs can have an enormous impact on the health outcomes of patients and it all starts with the humble discharge summary.Read more
Medicines and prescribing
Prescribing drugs of addiction - the knowledge gap
The law in NSW requires doctors that prescribe or supply a drug of addiction to obtain an authority from the Ministry of Health. Read more
Doctors over prescribing opioids
Australians are two-and-a-half times more likely to die from an overdose of an opioid prescribed by a doctor, or stolen from a hospital, than from a street drugs. Read more
Interview with Bruce Battye Pharmaceutical Regulatory Unit
The Director the NSW Pharmaceutical Regulatory Unit, Bruce Battye discusses what his unit does and key prescribing issues doctors need to be aware of. Read more
Have you had prescriptions lost or stolen? Why you need to report
Tips on how to avoid having scripts forged or stolen, and what you need to do if they are. Read more.