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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...

President's message: July 2020

Communication is key in medicine. It’s critical in my ED and in every doctor-patient interaction but also frequently at the centre of complaints we receive at the Medical Council. Dr Charlotte Hespe highlights in her article (originally published in RACGP) the...

Meet Dr John Sammut – Incoming Medical Council President

When Dr John Sammut joined the then Medical Board as a health program assessor he had no ambition to become President. However, more than a decade later and having undertaken a broad spectrum of roles throughout the Council, Dr Sammut commenced his position as...

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...

Complaints, Clinical Care, Communication and More: Take-away messages from the Annual Report

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...

If the Medical Council calls, will I end up suspended?

A number of NCAT decisions have been featured in recent editions of our doctors' newsletter. However, most practitioners who come to the attention of the Medical Council do not end up at the Tribunal. We explore a more common practitioner interaction with the Council...

President's Message

It would be remiss of me not to start by acknowledging the challenging climate we are all facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you in advance for your contribution to treating and protecting our community in the face of this virus. In these unprecedented times,...

Are you guilty of making these errors when giving vaccines?

The Medical Council has received an increasing number of complaints from patients whose doctors’ have made preventable errors during vaccine administration. Although some of these errors are much more serious than others, good practice should ensure that no errors...

What are your colleagues doing to manage their health and well-being?

Need some self-care inspiration? Find out what some of your colleagues are doing to manage their health and well-being in 2020. Dr Sam Hay, GP “ Despite my best efforts, I'm not getting any younger! I'm determined for 2020 to do a bit more self-care that GPs (and...

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