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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...

Leaving medicine? What you need to know about patient records before you do

The decision to leave medicine is never easy but doctors who retire, sell their practice or are suspended still have record-keeping obligations under legislation and best-practice guidelines. This article answers common questions about records management when closing a...
The Medical Council, medical students and regulation How does the Medical Council affect students?
What does the Medical Council have to do with medical regulation? In partnership with the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC), we receive and manage complaints about registered doctors and medical students in NSW. We take a holistic case management approach to...

Warning to doctors -Misuse of fentanyl patches

Warning to doctors – misuse of fentanyl patches The NSW Ministry of Health has issued a warning to doctors about the risks associated with fentanyl patch misuse by patients. It is available to read here. More detailed information is available from the Ministry’s web...

Circumstances change, good practice stays the same

From telehealth consultations to outdoor clinics , many of us are having to rapidly adapt the way we’ve been practising for years – and often decades – but while the settings and the tools may have changed, the basics of sound, holistic preventive healthcare have not...

Key messages from our Annual Report 2018/19

In the 2018/19 financial year, the Medical Council received 2,518 complaints about 2,051 doctors – just under 7% of registered medical practitioners in NSW. Complaints cover a variety of issues and can be made by not only the patient involved, but also by their family...

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