Practitioner

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...

Medical students

As a NSW medical student, you might be surprised to learn the NSW Medical Council already regulates your conduct and health - even before you become a doctor. So, what do we do, and when might you come in contact with us? First and foremost, our job as the regulator of...

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...

Shared decision-making and five question model

Exploring what matters most to your patients is crucial to reducing the incidence of complaints and claims.Implementing shared decision-making (SDM) is essential to enabling a patient’s preferences to be incorporated into a consultation – improving patient knowledge,...

Spotlight on: Council processes

In each newsletter, we shine the spotlight on various council processes to provide clarity and transparency on council procedures and terminology.

Supporting the Medical Benevolent Association of NSW to help doctors in need

Over the last 10 years, the Medical Council has supported the work of the Medical Benevolent Association of NSW by contributing $500 000 to provide counselling support of doctors and medical students who have had a complaint or subject to regulatory action by the...

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