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Just say no

Do you sometimes dread the family barbecue? When Uncle Bill asks about his bad hip or your sister-in-law asks if you could ‘just write a quick script’ for her son’s asthma? According to Good Medical Practice – A Code of Conduct : “whenever possible avoid providing...

Doctors over prescribing opioids

When it comes to prescription drug addiction, doctor shoppers are not the whole story ... 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 hit of illegally imported...

FAQ - The Doctor Shopper will see you now

How do you identify a doctor shopper? Are doctor shoppers becoming harder to spot? How do you handle a drug dependent patient? What are some techniques for managing a doctor shopper? How can I cut off trouble before it starts? How do you identify a doctor shopper?...

Complaint FAQs

Q. I’m a GP and see hundreds of patients each month. Does that mean there’s a high risk someone will complain about me? A. NSW has almost 8000 GPs, yet only 8 per cent of GPs attracted a complaint in 2016/17. Given that GPs have thousands of clinical encounters each...

5 tips if someone complains

No matter how thorough you are in your medical practice, it’s possible that at some point someone will complain about you. If that happens, the Health Care Complaints Commission or NSW Medical Council will contact with you. Don’t panic! Here’s five tips for dealing...

Hot button issues

Each year, the Medical Council considers about 2300 complaints and notifications about medical practitioners in NSW. Complaints cover a wide range of issues, ranging from clinical care and prescribing practices through to concerns about a medical practitioner’s own...

Common complaints about doctors

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Helping the healers: Doctors' Health Advisory Service

Everyone needs help sometime, and doctors aren’t immune! Health problems, money worries and poor work conditions all create stress that destroys personal wellbeing and happiness. Help is available. We talk to Ms Sarah Foster and Prof Garry Walter from the Doctors’...

Confidence, competence and getting it wrong!

Medical students and doctors display a range of clinical confidence. At one end of a continuum are those who appear untroubled by self-doubt. Perhaps they were the ones who as fourth-year med students took off to work in Uganda and returned with ripping yarns of...

What it means to say 'sorry'

Sometimes, things go wrong. Doctors see it every day – a dire outcome to a simple procedure, a misdiagnosis or a delay in treatment. A good doctor who’s had a bad day. A distressed patient may often just want an incident to be acknowledged. The way a doctor responds to...

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