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Chlamydia: Do you know your patient's partner?

Doctors who treat a patient for a chlamydia infection must record the contact details of their patient’s partner. To minimise the risk that patients become reinfected with Chlamydia, it is acceptable practice for doctors to give their patients prescriptions for...

Medical Council welcomes Dr Annette Pantle to senior role

The Medical Council of NSW welcomes Dr Annette Pantle as its new Medical Director. Dr Annette Pantle is returning to NSW from Tasmania, where she has been the Executive Director for Patient Safety with the Tasmanian Health Service. An experienced clinician, Dr Pantle...

Opinion: Doctors must reach out to colleagues suffering in silence

Doctors and medical students have higher rates of psychological distress and attempted suicide. Medical practitioners need to reach out to each other to help, and should not be deterred by laws around the mandatory reporting of health professionals.

Codeine to be script-only

Pain is a significant health burden for many Australians, with up to one in five Australians living with chronic pain. A large proportion of the population rely on over the counter combination medicines containing codeine to manage this pain. However, from 1 February...

ALERT: Have you had prescriptions lost or stolen? Why you need to report

The Pharmaceutical Regulatory Unit (PRU) is now publishing on the NSW Ministry of Health website prescriber details whose prescriptions/prescription stationery is reported to have been lost, stolen or forged, as a result of an increase in detected forged prescriptions...

Family violence: Can you spot it?

NSW tenancy laws allow medical practitioners to help their patients who are renting their home to escape family violence. Medical practitioners can assist by making a declaration which will help a tenant end their lease immediately, without penalty. Doctors can find...

Medical certificates: what you should know

Provides a summary for health consumers, employers about medical certificates based on Medical Council of NSW Medical Certificate Guidelines (2012)

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