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Who's who in NSW health regulation?

How are complaints about NSW registered health professionals, such as doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, chiropractors and physiotherapists managed? What is the role of NSW health professional councils, Ahpra and the HCCC? What do you do if a complaint is made...

Burnout: are you at risk — and what you can do about it

In this episode, your host Dr Martine Walker joins Professor Leanne Rowe and Dr Peter Baldwin to discuss how doctors can manage burnout and maintain good mental health. The Essential Network: https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/the-essential-network/ Professor Rowe’s...

Spotlight on: Performance Review Panel

When a performance matter is referred to the Council, one possible outcome is the practitioner may be required to undergo a Performance Assessment, which in some instances can lead to a Performance Review Panel (PRP). Of nearly 2000 complaints received by the Council...

Does being grumpy with patients carry serious medico-legal risk?

This article was first published in Australian Doctor , and has been republished by the NSW Medical Council with kind permission of Australian Doctor and Avant. The possibility of missing a diagnosis would have to be one of the major things that keeps doctors awake at...

Communication is key to shared care success

Many healthy, low-risk women choose antenatal shared care (ANSC) because they prefer to be cared for by a doctor they have an existing relationship with and feel more comfortable under their care. The Medical Council has identified some recurring themes in ANSC...

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...

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