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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. Recently, Council learned of seven doctors from the same practice in a regional city who had...

10 keys to good patient-centred record keeping

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

Cryotherapy: Are you getting it right?

Cryotherapy is often used in general practice, skin cancer medicine and dermatology to treat a number of common skin lesions. It is an established and inexpensive treatment and one of the most commonly used MBS items in general practice in Australia. A commonly used...

Stay between 2 and 8 to (safely) vaccinate

While there has been a high demand for flu and measles vaccines of late, these vaccines and others are only effective if they are stored correctly. Flu season reminds us that vaccination storage is an important issue in general practice. Vaccines are delicate...

Recording of consults is complex - GPs should proceed with caution

The question of whether or not you can or should record conversations during consults arises fairly frequently. As a doctor, you may wish to record a consultation or conversation yourself, or you may have questions about patients recording consultations. Whether or not...

Meet our Council members: Maria Cosmidis and Dr Geoffrey Brieger

Maria Cosmidis and Dr Geoff Brieger sat down with us to talk about their experience and role as Medical Council members. From their perspective as decision-makers, they share insights about steps doctors can take to avoid a complaint and what to do if they are the...

Data safety all a hack?

Have you ever used someone else’s credentials because they were already logged in? Do you try to cut corners by staying logged in to save time? Have you ever updated your patients’ notes or written a prescription using someone else’s login? If you answered yes to even...

An interview with Council President Associate Professor Richard Walsh

With a long and successful career in medicine, Associate Professor Richard Walsh comes to the Medical Council of NSW with a distinguished record. We spoke with Dr Walsh about his career and his vision for the Council as its President. Medical Council of NSW (MCNSW):...

Patient safety depends on timely, quality clinical handovers

Communication between hospitals and doctors can have an enormous impact on the health outcomes of patients, and it all starts with a humble discharge summary. Poor transfer of care arrangements between a hospital and a patient’s GP is a known risk to patient safety and...

Who's who in medical regulation?

It’s not top of mind but understanding how the regulatory puzzle fits together can be useful. Most practitioners don’t think about medical regulation, hoping they will never need to know. But every doctor has a reasonable chance of being the subject of a complaint at...

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