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Who me? Retire? How to plan, transition and adapt

Have you ever thought about what your transition to retirement might look like? Will you cut all ties at once or slowly step back and focus on another passion such as research or teaching? Or have you made no firm plans at all? If you’re in the last category, you’re...

Think you know the Doctor's Code of Conduct?

The Medical Board of Australia’s Good Medical Practice: A Code of Conduct for Doctors in Australia) sets the standard for the profession. Confident you are across it? Test your knowledge with a few common ethical questions doctors face. Please note down all answers...

Telehealth – a psychiatrist’s perspective

When the pandemic hit, it became a priority to embrace telehealth to ensure continuity of care for patients, whilst keeping practitioners safe and healthy. But now, 18 months on, should telehealth be the only way forward or a welcome addition to a suite of consult...

Meet Dr Liz Tompsett, Council member and surgeon

Dr Liz Tompsett is the Council's deputy president and a busy surgeon. We spoke with Liz about giving back to the medical profession, work life balance and patient communication, and how she forged a successful career. You’ve been involved with the Medical Council since...

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 those who are hesitant or opposed to vaccination and haven’t yet had a double dose, a small number of restrictions may still apply. Doctors may face pressure from...

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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