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Application for appointment as a Council Directed Health Assessor

About the Council Directed Health Assessments List HPCA is seeking applications from registered health professionals to become a health assessor on the Council Directed Health Assessment List (the List). The List includes suppliers that may be engaged to assess the...

Healthier doctors = healthier patients

We spoke with Clinical Professor Leanne Rowe AM – a GP, former RACGP Chair, author and mental health advocate for the profession - about the health pressures doctors face, the barriers that can stop colleagues from getting help and some practical steps for better self-...

Ensure you’re equipped to write that script!

Do you know what authorities you need to issue prescriptions? The Council receives many complaints about poor and/or unauthorised prescribing of Schedule 8 (S8) drugs. In 2018, seven doctors from the same practice in a regional city prescribed large quantities of drugs...

10 keys to good patient-centred record keeping

How do I take proper medical notes and communicate with my patient? Here's how.

When should I include an interpreter in a consult?

The Australian population speaks over 300 languages. However, according to the 2016 Census , 4.5% of the NSW population report that they do not speak English well or at all. People from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds tend to have different...

SafeScript NSW: real-time medication tracking coming your way

SafeScript NSW is a new tool which gives doctors and pharmacists real-time data about their patient’s prescribing and dispensing history for monitored medicines and helps them make more informed and safer prescribing decisions. SafeScript NSW was initially introduced...

Shared decision-making and five question model

Exploring what matters most to your patients is crucial to reducing the incidence of complaints and claims.Implementing shared decision-making (SDM) is essential to enabling a patient’s preferences to be incorporated into a consultation – improving patient knowledge,...

Medical records: are you doing the right thing for your patients?

Medical records: are you doing the right thing for your patients? explores medical records from both a practitioner and a patient perspective. Our host, Dr Martine Walker chats with special guests Dr Patrick Clancy, senior medical advisor at Avant and Dr Candace...

Part 2 - Prescribing Opioids & Drugs of Addiction - Working with Patients

In Part 2 we hear from Dr Simon Cowap, GP and educator in conversation with Dr Martine Walker, GP and medical advisor with the NSW Medical Council. How should practitioners respond to potentially addicted patients and ensure safe and appropriate care for patients with...

Part 1 - Prescribing Opioids and Drugs of Addiction - Rules & Requirements

Part 1 contains vital information for NSW medical practitioners as we discuss prescribing opioids and drugs of addiction. What are the rules in NSW and what do doctors need to know? We hear from Dr Brian Morton AM, GP and NSW Medical Council member, and Mr Bruce Battye...

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