Noncompete Agreements and Medical Practitioners

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When is your restraint of trade clause unenforceable? The restraint of trade clause is a very old legal concept relating to the right of individuals to do business, or pursue a trade or profession, freely, without restraint. The general rule is that a restraint of trade is contrary to public policy and void, unless it  … Read more

Supporting NDIS Participants in Residential Aged Care

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There are around 4.3 million Australians who have a disability. Within the next five years, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will provide more than $22 billion in funding a year to an estimated 500,000 Australians who have permanent and significant disability. As a NDIS provider it is important you have processes in place to  … Read more

Significant Changes Ahead For The Aged Care Sector

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The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety put out their final report on 1 March 2021. The Commission findings resolved that Australia’s aged care system is displaying signs of substandard care . The Commission found that the system is unsustainable as well as unacceptable in its current form and “is not worthy of  … Read more

The Cloud – And Patient Health Information

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Everyone says they know what the cloud is. But technology keeps changing its definitions and services. One thing that is not changing is that the cloud provides a proactive and secure online storage solution that can help protect and store your patients health information. Say goodbye to your local hard drive or a paper files  … Read more

Renting Sessional Rooms For Your Medical Practice

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If you are a medical practitioner and you need to rent office space from a medical practitioner or practice owner who has appropriate facilities, there are measures you need to take to mitigate any risks. Medical Practice Insurance is one such measure. Here are our suggestions to keep your practice safe and protected.  Medical Indemnity  … Read more

Is Your Hospital Looking To Employ An Overseas Trained Doctor?

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In Australia, employers who are sponsoring a visa for an International Medical Graduate (IMG) must apply for a Health Workforce Certificate. In addition, hospital employers who are sponsoring a temporary or provisional visa for an IMG must apply for a Health Workforce Exemption Certificate. Hospitals seeking to employ overseas doctors will be provided with automatic  … Read more

How Do Medical Practitioners Obtain Australian Permanent Residency?

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What you need to know In Australia, doctors can be classed into specialist medical practitioner and generalist medical practitioner categories. When a student finishes their studies they usually complete a year or more as a hospital medical officer. After that, they may enter a myriad of training pathways to become specialist health practitioners. Specialisation usually  … Read more

Good Health Records Are Essential

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If a medical or health practitioner receives a patient complaint or claim, one of the requests the medical practitioner may be asked by their medical indemnity insurer is for a copy of the patient’s health records. A request for patient records can often be prompted also by the patient or their solicitor. A medical practitioner  … Read more

Regulating Medical Devices In The ‘Internet Of Things’

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Any device that can collect its own data and communicate via a network is now part of the billions of gadgets collectively known as the Internet of Things (IoT). In the Healthcare space, common uses include fitness products like FitBits, automated security systems and stock inventory. But we can be certain we are just beginning  … Read more

What Are The Mandatory Reporting Requirements For Registered Medical Practitioners?

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In early 2020, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) released revised guidelines for mandatory notifications made to AHPRA by treating medical practitioners. These guidelines were issued in anticipation of amendments to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in participating states and territories. The amendments came into effect in March 2020. The  … Read more