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Healthier doctors = healthier patients

We spoke with Clinical Professor Leanne Rowe AM – a GP, former RACGP Chair, author and mental health advocate for the profession - about the health pressures doctors face, the barriers that can stop colleagues from getting help and some practical steps for better self-...

Ensure you’re equipped to write that script!

Do you know what authorities you need to issue prescriptions? The Council receives many complaints about poor and/or unauthorised prescribing of Schedule 8 (S8) drugs. In 2018, seven doctors from the same practice in a regional city prescribed large quantities of drugs...

Does your diagnosis get lost in translation?

According to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare , almost 60% of adult Australians have low health literacy, which means they may not be able to effectively exercise their voice when making healthcare decisions. This is even more difficult for...

Informed consent: make it meaningful

Ensuring patients have given their informed consent to a course of medical treatment is integral to safe medical practice and is embedded in everyday language as a doctor. ‘Have you consented the patient?’ is a question many of us have asked or heard. It is a revealing...

President's message: March 2021

I am delighted to bring you a jam-packed issue which I hope you find both interesting and valuable. As we all know, effective communication with our patients is integral to safe professional medical care. Yet our most recent annual report data suggests poor...

Do you know the three Ws of compound medicine?

In recent years there has been an increase in complaints about compounded medicines supplied by community pharmacies. These complaints relate to three W’s – who is making it, where (and in what conditions) is it being made and what exactly is in the compound medicine?...

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...

Spotlight on 'No Further Action' outcomes

The Medical Council is acutely aware of the stress doctors’ experience when a complaint is made about them. We recognise there is much anxiety about your future, your livelihood, your reputation and even your identity, with many doctors understandably asking lots of...

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...

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