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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.

COVID-19 vaccination exemptions: what’s the criteria?

For the fully vaccinated, life in NSW is – thankfully – returning to some sort of new normality. But for anti-vaxxers, the vaccine fearful, and the vaccine-hesitant, who haven’t yet had a double dose, many restrictions will still apply. As restrictions ease for fully...

COVID-19 and vaccines: Get the best advice for you and your family

You need reliable, evidence-based information to be able to make good choices about your healthcare. But in a climate thick with commentary about COVID-19 and vaccines, how do you sort fact from fiction? A joint statement from Ahpra and the National Boards, the Health...

Supporting the Medical Benevolent Association of NSW to help doctors in need

Over the last 10 years, the Medical Council has supported the work of the Medical Benevolent Association of NSW by contributing $500 000 to provide counselling support of doctors and medical students who have had a complaint or subject to regulatory action by the...

Recalls and reminders: Do you know your obligations?

The doctor-patient relationship is the bedrock of medical practice. This relationship requires not only careful communication in consultations but also diligent follow-up communication outside consultations. Patient recalls and reminders are essential to the continuity...

Support for your wellbeing

The Doctor’s Health Advisory Service (DHAS ) provides a confidential phone back support service with the aim of ensuring every doctor and medical student in NSW has access to healthcare. DHAS Director Dr Timothy West explains how the service supports the mental health...

President's message: December 2020

The demands on our profession this year are no secret, even to the broader community. However, what may not be so obvious to many is that some of our colleagues are suffering. The increased demands on their practice, the heightened needs of patients, the struggle their...

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