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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...

Social media: the ins and outs of maintaining a social presence

Social media allows us to connect with a wide audience, promote health messaging, combat myths, and contribute to public discourse. On a personal level, we can use it to build a support network and stay in touch with friends and colleagues all over the country and the...

The top 10 rules of mandatory reporting

While many in the profession view mandatory reporting as an intimidating or punishing practice, its focus is protecting the public from substantial risk of harm. There are many myths perpetuated, but they are largely untrue . A responsible approach to mandatory...

President's message

On 1 July 2020, I took on the role as President at the Medical Council of NSW. Now, two years on, as is our customary process, it is time to step down as President to make way for continued change and evolution within the regulation space. When I took on this role, I...

When a patient has other doctors: three things you can do to ensure continuity of care

In this episode, your host Dr Annette Pantle joins Professor Anne Duggan and Dr Liz Marles from the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, and Dr Kiely Kim from MDA National to discuss how doctors can maintain good continuity of care for their...

When should I include an interpreter in a consult?

The Australian population speaks over 300 languages. However, according to the 2016 Census , 4.5% of the NSW population report that they do not speak English well or at all. People from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds tend to have different...

SafeScript NSW: real-time medication tracking coming your way

SafeScript NSW is a new tool which gives doctors and pharmacists real-time data about their patient’s prescribing and dispensing history for monitored medicines and helps them make more informed and safer prescribing decisions. SafeScript NSW was initially introduced...

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...

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