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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. Recently, Council learned of seven doctors from the same practice in a regional city who had...

Data safety all a hack?

Have you ever used someone else’s credentials because they were already logged in? Do you try to cut corners by staying logged in to save time? Have you ever updated your patients’ notes or written a prescription using someone else’s login? If you answered yes to even...

An interview with Council President Associate Professor Richard Walsh

With a long and successful career in medicine, Associate Professor Richard Walsh comes to the Medical Council of NSW with a distinguished record. We spoke with Dr Walsh about his career and his vision for the Council as its President. Medical Council of NSW (MCNSW):...

Patient safety depends on timely, quality clinical handovers

Communication between hospitals and doctors can have an enormous impact on the health outcomes of patients, and it all starts with a humble discharge summary. Poor transfer of care arrangements between a hospital and a patient’s GP is a known risk to patient safety and...

Who's who in medical regulation?

It’s not top of mind but understanding how the regulatory puzzle fits together can be useful. Most practitioners don’t think about medical regulation, hoping they will never need to know. But every doctor has a reasonable chance of being the subject of a complaint at...

Avoid the risk: be open when you make a mistake

The Medical Council spoke to Dr Rosa Canalese, senior medical adviser at Avant and a Central Coast GP about communication strategies with patients when there’s been a mistake in clinical practice. Interview: MC: How should you communicate to a patient when they have...

‘Confidentiality trumps everything’: how to maintain patient privacy when communicating with family members

A family member rings and asks if Mum has been to the doctor today? Saying yes, could be a breach of confidentiality. So when can privacy be breached, and what do you do if a son or daughter rings and asks for their parents cancer results? Imagine a situation where a...

Getting intimate…why you should frankly explain what you are doing when performing a physical examination

When performing a physical examination, relying on implied consent can be risky. Especially with new patients you may not know well. So what do you say to help reduce the risk of a complaint? Performing intimate physical examinations presents a challenge for doctors...

Fog’s Blog:  “What did the doctor say”?

I have a theory, entirely untroubled by scientific testing, that the quality of Doctor-Patient communication is best assessed in the surgery car park. As doctors, getting our message across is a complex thing. Like Russia, It is a “riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside...

Postnatal Depression – a silent killer

By Dr Martine Walker Pregnancy and the first year after giving birth are the riskiest time in a woman’s life for anxiety and depression. One in 10 women experience depression and anxiety while they are pregnant and 1 in 7 women during the first postnatal year. A recent...

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