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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...

Spotlight on Communication... Message from the President

We all know that clear two way communication with patients is an essential element of good medical practice. As doctors, we also face work and personal pressures which can make it challenging to maintain consistently good standards of communication with all our...

Medical Council releases final report of Gail Furness SC into its processes with respect to Dr Emil Gayed

Message from the President - Associate Professor Richard Walsh In June 2018, the Medical Council requested Ms Gail Furness SC inquire into the actions of the former Medical Board, now the Medical Council, in response to concerns raised about the professional...

Postnatal Depression – a silent killer

By Dr Martine Walker Pregnancy and the first year after giving birth are the riskiest time in a woman’s life for anxiety and depression. One in 10 women experience depression and anxiety while they are pregnant and 1 in 7 women during the first postnatal year. A recent...

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. What is the Pharmaceutical Regulatory Unit and what does it do? What type of prescribing creates the most trouble for...

Queen's birthday honours for NSW doctors

This year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list has recognized the work of many NSW doctors and medical researchers, including the late Professor David Cooper, who received a Companion of the Order of Australia. Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) The late Professor...

Good Practice - ‘The Seven Ages of a Doctor’

A doctor’s career will go through many transitions: from earnest medical student to sleep deprived hospital doctor, from a busy life in general practice to an active retirement - all the while trying to manage family life, earn a living, and hopefully find some time...

Schedule 8 - Prescribing Knowledge Gap

Did you know that when you prescribe drugs of addiction (Schedule 8 drugs) to someone you may need an authority by the NSW Ministry of Health? Many doctors don’t. An authority from the Ministry of Health is required to prescribe or supply a drug of addiction to: a drug...

President's message - Prescribing

When it comes to prescribing, doctors often find themselves treading a complex path through what can be a clinical, ethical and legal minefield. Prescribing irresponsibly can cause harm. Prescribing responsibly, including choosing not to prescribe, can be a source of...

Changes at the Council

A number of new Medical Council members have been appointed. From 1 July 2018, the new Council members are: President Associate Professor Richard Walsh. Associate Professor Walsh has been a member of the Council since 2012. He is a Visiting Medical Officer (...

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